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Volvo Trucks celebrates historic cleaner vehicle delivery to QFES

Volvo Trucks is celebrating its role in the delivery of two new trial low emissions vehicles to QFES

Heavy vehicle manufacturer Volvo Trucks is celebrating being part of a historic delivery of two low emissions trucks in Queensland, with QFES recently taking delivery of a Volvo FMX Electric.

The landmark move for emergency services and sustainable transport in Australia will see the Volvo 6×4 FMX heavy duty electric prime mover head to QFES and commissioner Steve Smith to begin logistics transport trials.

The official handover occurred in Volvo’s Wacol factory, with the FMX Electric set to carry out operational tasks under QFES’ logistics command.

Alongside this electric model, a second Volvo FMX 6×4 prime mover, featuring the latest 13-litre Euro 6 technology, has been delivered to operate alongside the fully electric model and run on fossil-fuel-free Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) compared to diesel.

Volvo Group Australia vice president of public affairs Lauren Pulitano has congratulated QFES on the commitment to transition to more sustainable vehicles.

“This delivery signifies not only a commitment to a cleaner future but also to innovation and leadership,” she says.

Queensland fire and disaster recovery minister Nikki Boyd says the trial breaks new ground for Queensland’s emergency services, representing a significant step forward for green transport.

“The further adoption of electric and HVO-powered trucks will have a positive impact on all Queenslanders, through lower emissions and, in the case of electric vehicles, lower running costs,” Boyd says.

The trial follows Volvo Group Australia committing to manufacturing battery electric vehicles at its Wacol facility in early 2024, building on its 50-year history of local manufacturing.

“Our commitment to local manufacturing of electric vehicles in Wacol by as early as 2027 means that soon trucks, like this Volvo FMX, will be made right here in this factory,” Pulitano says.

“No one can get to zero-emissions alone – we need partnerships. Industry, government and other stakeholders all have a responsibility to work together to reduce emissions. Volvo is dedicated to partnering with Australian industry to decarbonise heavy transport.

“This is evident in the world-leading electric trucks, technology, and global experience we are bringing to Australia’s transition.”

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