The iconic cement mixer truck, which fascinated so many of us in our childhood, is considered one of the most challenging vehicle classes to electrify, due to heavy loads and the need for continuous mixing of the concrete. However, Volvo Trucks and global construction materials company CEMEX have been working together since 2021 to make it happen, and they now have a fully electric heavy-duty mixer truck on the road.
The Volvo FMX Electric concrete mixer truck features two motors with total power of 330 kW, an I-Shift gearbox, and four battery packs with total capacity of 360 kWh. The mixer body is powered by a hydraulic system that gets its power from a traction battery.
The electric mixer truck is now in operation at the Berlin Spandau ready-mix plant in Berlin. It can be used for a full day’s work with a single top-up charge, says Volvo.
“Both our companies have committed to ambitious sustainability targets and collaboration is the way to get there,” said Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm. “Our electric trucks are zero-emission, and their silent operation also provides a better environment for people working at construction sites, as well as for residents.”
“CEMEX is committed to becoming a net-zero CO2 company; innovation and collaboration are at the core of this commitment,” said Fernando A. González, CEO of CEMEX. “Our partnership with Volvo has tremendous potential to contribute to the decarbonization of our business.”
Volvo Trucks is developing a comprehensive electric line-up, including vehicles from 16 to 44 tons, in every segment from city distribution to refuse handling to urban construction and regional haulage. The company hopes to make half of its total sales of new trucks electric by 2030.
Source: Volvo Trucks via autoevolution