Knowles Transport has purchased a new electric truck, a first for the fleet and one of the first hauliers in the country to run an electric truck, setting an exciting precedent for the future of the business. The Volvo FE Electric is now on the road and running on a local collection and delivery schedule.

Knowles was initially running a three-week trial of the Volvo FE Electric to establish its viability as part of the Knowles fleet. Following a positive response from drivers and alleviated worries about range during the trial, Knowles was enthusiastic to invest in the 19T vehicle. Knowles has also invested in a 150kWh supercharger that is capable of charging the vehicle within two hours.

The Volvo FE Electric features twin electric motors producing 225kWh and 850Nm torque with a Volvo 2-speed gearbox. The total energy storage of the vehicle is 265kWh which helps the truck to maintain a 200Km range. The truck is a 4×2 wheeled 23ft curtainside fitted with a tail lift to aid deliveries. Featuring lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, the FE Electric provides a smooth ride for both occupants and cargo thanks to its front and rear air suspension setup. 

“This is Knowles putting our money where our mouth is. said Alex Knowles, Managing Director of Knowles Transport. “There are plenty out their marketing their sustainability credentials without backing it up with investment, Knowles is not one of them. We are really excited about this step into the future we are making with our new Volvo FE Electric, All the drivers in our fleet were keen to take part in our three-week trial earlier this year. This new electric truck will be the first of many for Knowles as we push forward on our road to net zero.” 

The truck will be run on a local collection and delivery schedule due to its size and capabilities. Its short wheelbase (only 5500mm) and nimble handling make it ideal for urban environments. This along with the electric powertrain means no noise or carbon pollution will occur from the vehicle keeping towns and cities quiet and clean. 

“The Volvo FE Electric will provide a perfect urban platform for Knowles, the 200km range of the vehicle makes it limited in its long-range capabilities however it proves ideal for collection and delivery within the region where it will be applied. Our investment in a 150kWh charging unit on the site at which this vehicle is based allows us to charge the vehicle in two hours, making this operable over two shifts if required,” concluded Alex.

Knowles has been extremely stringent in its fleet replacement programme which sees older trucks replaced with newer more fuel-efficient vehicles, the Volvo FE Electric provides an added boost to this campaign.  

Never one to rest on its laurels, Knowles recently looked to further develop its commitment to reduce carbon emissions and work towards Net Zero as well as to both better understand its current footprint and to develop accurate emissions reporting for their customers as part of its service offering.