Volvo unveils Australia’s first zero emissions emergency services vehicle

In News, Volvo2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineAugust 25, 2023

Volvo Group has unveiled Australia’s first zero-emissions battery electric emergency services truck, supplied to the ACT Emergency Services Agency.

The vehicle is a Volvo FL Electric, designed for urban and city environments. With a superstructure designed and made in New Zealand, the FL Electric will be used for important tasks including operational support for Fire & Rescue teams.

The purchase is a significant milestone in the partnership established between Volvo Group Australia and the ESA in July 2022.

“This is a significant milestone for the ACT. Transitioning emergency services operational support vehicles to zero emissions vehicles is a crucial step to achieving our government’s nation-leading target of net zero emissions by 2045,” said ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mick Gentleman.

Acting ESA Commissioner Jason Jones said the delivery of the co-designed vehicle is a significant step in ESA’s journey to lowering emissions within its emergency services fleet.

“As we transition our fleet, we are excited to not only improve our environmental footprint but improve safety and well-being for our staff and volunteers,” he said.

“I would like to recognise and thank the project team including firefighters from ACT Fire & Rescue who together demonstrated leadership and innovation in the design and delivery in this vehicle”.

Transport accounts for 19% of Australia’s carbon emissions, and 38% of that is from road vehicles.

“With this project, government and the emergency services are leading by example in moving to net-zero vehicles,” added Martin Merrick, president of Volvo Group Australia.

Early adopters like the ESA and ACT Government should be commended and Volvo is proud to be supporting their work to shape a more sustainable world.”

Following initial Volvo driver development training and vehicle implementation processes, the first vehicle is expected to go into operational service in and around the ACT in early 2024.

Volvo Group Australia has been manufacturing trucks in Australia for 50 years and with the enabling regulatory settings is committed to manufacturing its range of FM and FH heavy-duty electric vehicles at its Wacol production facility as early as 2027.