Volvo Trucks is cooperating with Bucher Municipal to develop an all-electric truck based on the Volvo FL Electric specifically for sewer cleaning. Bucher Municipal, a supplier of vehicles and equipment for clean-up and clearing operations, plans to deliver up to 80 all-electric sewer cleaning trucks to European cities by the end of 2023.
Volvo Trucks sees the cooperation as an important strategic step towards the electrification of one of the most complicated and demanding jobs in cities. “We are proud to have Bucher Municipal as a strategic partner, and we hope that this collaboration will bring new insights that will contribute to our goal of electrifying all types of applications,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.
Bucher also calls the electrification of these utility vehicles a challenge. He says Volvo Trucks has proven over the years “that it can successfully deliver highly reliable and well-documented battery solutions for buses, trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. Our partnership with Volvo Trucks is a win-win solution,” says Per Lovring, CEO of Bucher Municipal Denmark.
That’s all the two companies have to say. An electric cleaning machine from Bucher Municipal is already in operation in Bern, Switzerland. The CityCat 2020ev is equipped with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 56 kWh and is supposed to work for eight hours. With the 22 kW charger, the battery can be fully charged in two to three hours.
The FL Electric is a mid-size electric truck. Volvo had already presented the model in 2018 as one of the first electric models. The 16-tonne truck with a range of up to 300 kilometers has been available for order since 2019.