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Electric Volvo FL refrigerated unit joins fleet for Woolworths

 

Linfox, Volvo and Woolworths have hailed the entry of an FL Electric refrigerated truck into an operation role.

The Volvo FL Electric will transport fresh produce daily from the Melbourne fresh food distribution centre (DC) operated by the Woolworths Group’s supply chain arm, Primary Connect.

Just one of two Volvo FL Electrics in Australia and 75 released globally, it is the only Volvo FL electric vehicle in Australia to be fitted with refrigeration.

Along with a lack of emissions, the jointly branded vehicle can deliver up to eight pallets of produce to Woolworths supermarkets at a time in near silence.

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Launched in 2020, Linfox’s Leading the Way 2025 business strategy identifies ‘act sustainably’ as a key strategic driver, the company notes.

Linfox’s GreenFox sustainability program targets cleaner transport and mitigation of diesel emissions amongst other sustainability initiatives.

“In 2007, Linfox set out to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half and we did that,” Linfox executive chairman Peter Fox said.

“Today we are not just interested in making our own business practices greener, we are committed to helping our customers act sustainably too.

“Linfox is proud to lead the way in the adoption of electric vehicles as we strive to meet our zero emission targets and support our customers to do the same.

“With shared values, environmental considerations are at the top of Linfox, Woolworths and Volvo’s agendas. It is partnerships like this that can drive big change.”


Read about the other electric Volvo FL pulling beers for VB, here


Volvo Group Australia president and CEO Martin Merrick bolstered the sentiment.

“Volvo Group recently unveiled a vision of a carbon free future, and we are proud to be playing our part in making the first steps towards achieving that goal here in Australia with these trial vehicles,” Merrick said.

The Electric FL utilises four batteries to achieve an energy capacity of 200 kWh, such is the pace of battery development however, future iterations will feature a capacity of 265kWh.

The electric driveline provides 425Nm of torque which is delivered to the rear wheels via a 2-speed automated transmission.

Like it’s diesel-powered counterparts, the Electric FL maintains a full suite of active safety systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking.

The Electric FL also is said to achieve the Swedish BOF10 crash rating, which surpasses current European standards.

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“From the products in our supermarkets to the trucks that deliver them, we know the changes we make to become more sustainable today will create a better tomorrow for generations to come,” Primary Connect acting MD and Woolworths Group chief supply chain officer Chris Brooks said.

“Linfox has been with us on our journey of electric vehicles since 2018 and we share a commitment to sustainability.

“We’re excited to deepen our investment in electric vehicles in partnership with Linfox, as we pave the way for a greener next-generation supply chain.

“We will be watching the results of this trial closely with Linfox to understand how electric trucks can support our shift to a low carbon future in the years ahead.”

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On that note, Volvo Group Australia’s VP, technology business development, Paull Illmer also pointed out the value of close stakeholder relationships as EV infrastructure develops and matures.

“From the products in our supermarkets to the trucks that deliver them, we know the changes we make to become more sustainable today will create a better tomorrow for generations to come,” Primary Connect acting MD and Woolworths Group chief supply chain officer Chris Brooks said.

“Partnership is indeed the new leadership as mobility around the world continues to transform, and partnering with businesses like Linfox and Woolworths, who share our values and vision, will ensure our ambition to implement emissions free transport solutions are in good hands,” Illmer said.

A charging station at the Melbourne Fresh DC will boost the battery while deliveries are unloaded.

The EV can travel up to 200km before needing to be recharged and takes nine hours to fully recharge.

 

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