VGA sells first heavy-duty FH Electric to Followmont Transport

In News, Volvo2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 2, 2023

Volvo has announced the first Australian order of the recently unveiled heavy-duty FH Electric to family-owned and run transportation company, Followmont Transport.

The FH Electric is the largest e-powered truck in Volvo’s fleet of electric vehicles. With a range of 300km. The deal also includes the mid-sized FL Electric, which has a range of 400km. Both trucks are anticipated to be delivered to Followmont Transport in late 2023.

Martin Merrick, president of Volvo Group Australia, said: “Australia’s first order for the FH Electric is a huge milestone for Volvo Group, our valued customers at Followmont Transport, and the future of transportation in Australia. The FH Electric is set to be a game changer for transportation in Australia. It will play an important role in the decarbonisation of Australia’s transportation sector.”

“This investment allows Followmont to set itself apart as a company that is stepping up and helping realise a future with cleaner and greener vehicles on Australian roads.”

Followmont is based in Southeast Queensland and delivers goods across Queensland and New South Wales.

Mark Tobin, CEO of Followmont Transport, said: “Our investment in these two e-powered trucks represents an important milestone for Followmont, as we look to reduce our emissions, help partners decarbonise, and support the goal of a net-zero future. At Followmont, we take our responsibility seriously and understand this is the time for change.

“We’re excited to take delivery of our first electric units later this year, getting on the front foot to further reduce our impact on the environment and taking our strategy to the next level.

“Through investing in vehicles, technology, infrastructure, and our communities, we will continue to play our part in supporting present and future generations,” Tobin said.

As Volvo celebrates this inaugural order, it continues to call for urgent regulatory change to the current rules that limit steer-axle-to-mass ratios to 6.5 tonnes in Australia. This stops heavy-duty vehicles including the FH Electric from driving on Australian roads.