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Followmont adds first Volvo FH Electric to Qld fleet

The purchase coincides with the state government’s increased weight allowances for heavy duty battery electrics in South East Queensland

The first Volvo FH Electric sold in Australia has been delivered to Brisbane-based Followmont Transport as the state opens access on vital freight corridors.

The family-owned and operated transport company says it welcomes the significant milestone, marking a pivotal moment in the company’s journey towards reducing its carbon footprint and embracing cleaner, greener transportation solutions.

The FH Electric prime mover, which only arrived in Australia a week before the handover, will be tasked with shuttling trailers between Followmont’s Eagle Farm depot, servicing major accounts around Brisbane and running overnight linehaul to the company’s Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast depots.

The 540kWh, 666hp FH Electric prime mover is currently rated to 44 tonnes and has a range of up to 300km on a single charge. A 60kW charger has been installed on site at Followmont’s head office for overnight charging, with plans to install charging solutions further afield as the company seeks to increase reach and range.

The March 11 delivery corresponded with the announcement of a zero-emissions heavy vehicle road network for South East Queensland which will increase steer axle mass allowances to 8 tonnes on the steer axle and 18.5 tonnes on the drive axles for battery electric heavy vehicles in what is regarded as a vital step to enable the rollout of heavy battery-electric vehicle transport.

Mark Tobin, CEO and managing director of Followmont Transport, says while the company is thrilled to integrate electric trucks into its fleet, it is equally excited that to receive the news that the road network is expanding to make the adoption of EV trucks easier.

“The investment in this truck reinforces our commitment to driving positive change and supporting a sustainable future for generations to come,” Tobin says.

As these electric trucks enter service, the company says it intends to showcase the vehicles to its key partners, providing customers and staff with firsthand electromobility experience.

Followmont Transport CEO Mark Tobin with Volvo Group Australia president Martin Merrick and the new Volvo FH electric. Image Volvo Group Australia

The company has also signalled its intention to invest in electric vehicle competencies for staff providing in-house expertise for emerging technology.

“This truck is proof that there are plenty of transport applications that can be electrified right now, not at some distant point in the future,” says Martin Merrick, president and CEO, Volvo Group Australia.

“Having partners like Followmont who are committed to joining us on our path to net zero is vital for us.

“The announcement from the Queensland government that axle mass weights will be raised for zero emission heavy vehicles in South East Queensland will make the move to battery electric a smoother transition for transport customers.”

Followmont Transport says its adoption of electric trucks represents just one facet of the company’s sustainability strategy, being committed to exploring innovative technologies and practices that minimise its environmental footprint.

“This delivery of Australia’s first heavy duty electric truck to our customers, Followmont, also carries the promise of innovation, efficiency, and a future where road transportation is environmentally sustainable. A promise that VCV is proud to support, says Greg Sargeant, dealer principal of Volvo Commercial Vehicles.

The Volvo FH Electric was launched in Australia in 2023, with Volvo stating that every diesel truck in its range has an electric equivalent.

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