Volvo Trucks has received an order for 100 Volvo FM Electric trucks from DFDS, Northern Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company.
The deal is considered the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks, and one of the largest ever for heavy electric trucks worldwide, according a new report by Just Auto.
Commenting on the deal, President of Volvo Trucks, says Roger Alm, “This is a major milestone in our commitment to fossil-free transportation and I am very proud of the partnership we have with DFDS. Together we are showing the world that electrified heavy truck transport is a viable solution already today. I believe this will encourage many more customers to confidently take the first step in their own electrification journey.
“Our clear aim is to drive the electric truck transformation and our market-leading position shows that we are definitely on the right track. Our target for 2030 is that half of our global truck deliveries will be electric. We are pleased to see that growing interest among our customers is starting to be reflected in firm orders, not least by this impressive order from DFDS.”
The report also says the first deliveries of the Volvo FM Electric to DFDS will start in the fourth quarter of 2022 and continue throughout 2023, adding that the trucks will be used for both short and long transport in the DFDS logistics system in Europe.
Niklas Andersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Logistics Division at the DFDS, says, “At DFDS, we’re determined to play our part in reducing CO2 emissions and creating a sustainable supply chain. We know how important electrification is in the journey to reach our CO2 targets, and I hope we can inspire others as we move forward in this vital transition.”
The FM Electric can carry a weight of 44 tons (gross combination weight) and has a range of up to 300 km. With a top-up charging session during lunch the distance can be extended. The vehicles can be charged both via overnight depot charging (each truck comes with an AC charger) and via high power charging on route (DC charging). DFDS has chosen a financing solution provided by Volvo Financial Services.
The electrification trend in the heavy truck market is accelerating. In Europe, a few hundred trucks above 16 tons have been registered so far this year. Of these, approximately 40 per cent are Volvo electric trucks.
Motorists, travellers stranded as Delta bridge collapses
There was confusion in part of Delta State on Friday following the collapse of the Umutu Bridge in the Ukwuani Local Government Area of the state, leaving several motorists and travellers on the Agbor-Abraka-Eku road stranded.
The incident reportedly occurred in the early hours of the day, adding that the aged long bridge gave way as a Trailer conveying heavy duty construction bulldozer was passing through it towards the Agbor axis of the state.
The deplorable condition of federal road has been on the news, with report of the road project already awarded for reconstruction by the federal government.
The road link many communities in the state and connect the people with other parts of the country, particularly Northern and South-East states.
Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Ochor Christopher Ochor who hails from the area, regretted that the federal government had not given such an important road the desired attention.
Ochor who spoke to our Correspondent, described the collapsed of the bridge as unfortunate and sympathized with stranded motorists and travelers for the pains it may have caused them.
He said he had already contacted the Commissioner for Work in charge of Urban and Highways roads in the State, Mr Neol Omodion, who has promised to take necessary steps to address the ugly situation.
Ochor however stressed the need to beef up security in the area to protect the lives and properties of the stranded travelers, calling on the federal government to reconstruct the road due to its strategic position to the socio economic development of the area.
CFAO, TotalEnergies unveil four new service centres in Lagos
AutoFast, a multi-brand quick service franchise of the CFAO group, in partnership with TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc, has announced the unveiling and operation of four additional service stations in Lagos.
A statement by the CFAO obtained on Thursday said the initiative was in line with its promise to make quality and quick auto service more accessible to Nigerians.
It stated that the new service stations are Lekki 2, Igbobi, Alapere 2, and Sura, adding that they were part of the first batch of development within the TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc network, across the State.
Other branches, according to the statement are TotalEnergies service station, Wuse 2, Zone Six, Abuja and AutoFast stand-alone, Akin Adesola, Victoria Island in Lagos.
“Our AutoFast sites carry-out routine vehicle maintenance such as quick oil change with Total QUARTZ Lubricants range, wheel balancing & alignment, A/C maintenance as well as sales and replacement of oil filters, air filters, cabin air filters, spark plugs, wiper blades, brake pads, batteries and tyres,” it stated.
It quoted General Manager, CFAO (Winpart /Autofast) Nigeria Limited, Mohamed Taleb, as saying, “We are excited and pleased that we have successfully opened additional four (4) service centers in Lagos in line with our expansion drive and quest to be closer to our customers’ needs. There is no doubt that customers’ tastes and preferences are increasingly changing and what the AutoFast brand brings to bear are quality and affordability. Customers are sure to get the best of service at the best price, and we look forward to expanding and having a network capable to cover Lagos properly.
“We pride ourselves in the fact that our servicing parts are directly sourced from the Independent Aftermarket Manufacturers across Europe and customers are guaranteed that parts used at our service centres are original.”
The firm noted that AutoFast technicians had been well trained and could boast of extensive experience in diagnosing and servicing the different models of both old and recent vehicles.
“Similarly, our service centres have modern equipment. For instance, its AC recovery machine provides an eco-friendly mode of recycling and topping up refrigerant as well as compressor oil. It is also equipped with a manifold gauge that detects if your AC is faulty,” it stated.
It also explained that at the AutoFast Service centre, each vehicle is made to undergo a 35-point control check to ascertain its general condition, adding that such service is free.
According to the firm, AutoFast offers three maintenance packages; Standard, Performance, and Premium Packages and one can service one’s vehicle starting at ₦13,000.
“We also offer vehicle maintenance services for corporate organizations tailored to fleet size and brand,” it added.
Lagos threatens to suspend NURTW, RTEAN over clashes
The Lagos State Government has threatened to suspend operations of transport unions in the Mile 2 area of the state should they continue to clash.
Three people reportedly died during a bloody clash last week on the Mile 2 and Amuwo Odofin axis between the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Amuwo division.
Responding to the violence, the Lagos State Government on Tuesday brokered peace between the warring factions in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, stated that the state government would deal with the case after the police had concluded their investigation and presented the report of the crisis.
He noted that multiple levies on truckers by the unions around the axis had been the cause the dispute.
Fayinka warned the unions to beware of infiltrators as this would soil their reputation and lead to an abrupt end of the activities by the state government as the safety of lives and properties is first and sacrosanct.
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