Volvo has revealed that the first Volvo FL Electric has arrived in Australia and is destined to start trials with transport giant Linfox and its BevChain beverage logistics business.

The arrival comes as the push to electromobility gathers pace globally albeit a bit slower here in Australia.

This first FL Electric unit will be fitted with an 8-pallet body and tailgate lift and will undertake metropolitan deliveries with BevChain,.

“It is very clear that both our customers, and our customer’s customers, are demanding a cleaner and quieter urban transport environment,” said vice president, Volvo Trucks Australia, Tony O’Connell.

“Momentum is building globally to create safe and clean cities and the arrival of this truck in Australia marks the first step on that journey for Volvo Trucks Australia,” he said.

“The electrification of our urban supply chain not only affects the local air quality of our cities,” O’Connell said.

“It also has the potential to make our urban areas more liveable. Imagine a cityscape of clear horizons, devoid of the rumble and hum of the tradition internal combustion engine, and that’s got to be something worth striving for,” he added.

“The introduction of electric vehicles opens an exciting chapter for both Linfox and Volvo,” said executive chairman of Linfox Pty Ltd, Peter Fox.

“This will play a crucial role in Linfox’s business as they work towards a cleaner and more sustainable transport industry,” said Fox.

“Our investment in sustainable vehicles will significantly help reduce our emissions in the foreseeable future,” he added.

“Adopting a greener fleet is an ongoing part of our commitment to act sustainably, as we strive for zero net environmental emissions and play our part to mitigate climate change,” Fox concluded