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Volvo delivers first FH electric to Followmont Transport

The Queensland-based operator has continued its investment in sustainable solutions with this significant delivery

Queensland operator Followmont Transport has taken delivery of the first Volvo FH Electric in Australia. The announcement comes as Queensland opens access to electric heavy vehicles in freight routes across the state. 

The family-owned transport company says it welcomes the significant milestone in the company’s journey towards reducing its carbon footprint and embracing cleaner and greener transport solutions. 

Volvo says the prime mover will be tasked with shuttling trailers from Followmont’s Eagle Farm depot, servicing major accounts across Brisbane and running overnight linehaul to its Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast depots. 

A 60kw charger has also been installed on site at Followmont’s head office for overnight charging, with the company planning to install more charging solutions in the near future. 

“We are thrilled to integrate electric trucks into our fleet that advances our sustainability objectives and pioneers greener logistics solutions,” Followmont Transport managing director Mark Tobin says. 

“We are also excited to receive the news that our road network is expanding to make the adoption of electric trucks easier. 

“The investment in this truck reinforces our commitment to driving positive change and supporting a sustainable future for generations to come.” 

Image: Volvo Group Australia

Volvo says Followmont now intends to showcase the electric trucks to its key partners while also providing in-house expertise for staff on the emergency technology. 

“This truck is proof that there are plenty of transport applications that can be electrified right now, not at some distant point in the future,” Volvo Group Australia president and CEO Martin Merrick says. 

“Having partners like Followmont who are committed to joining us on our path to net zero is vital for us. 

“The announcement from the Queensland government that axle mass weights will be raised for zero emissions heavy vehicles in south-east Queensland will make the move to battery electric a smoother transition for transport companies.” 

Followmont says it remains committed to exploring other innovative technologies and practices that minimise its environmental footprint while delivering exceptional service to its customers. 

“This delivery of Australia’s first heavy duty electric truck to Followmont also carries the promise of innovation, efficiency and a future where road transport is environmentally sustainable,” Volvo Commercial Vehicles dealer principal Greg Sargeant says. 

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