New Volvo FM electric joins Tesco's distribution fleet

Volvo Trucks has supplied Tesco with a new Volvo FM Electric 4x2 tractor unit to support the customer’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2035. The truck’s arrival marks the first zero tailpipe emission 40-tonne electric Volvo model to be delivered into service with a UK supermarket.
New Volvo FM electric joins Tesco's distribution fleet
Tesco has taken delivery a Volvo FM Electric 4x2 tractor unit as part of its commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of its commercial vehicle fleet.

Supplied by Jose Lavarello, Key Account Manager for Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, the new FM Electric with Globetrotter cab meets the Direct Vision Standard three-star rating and will operate with various trailer types and lengths. It will be used to deliver goods to stores across Greater London, Suffolk, Essex and Kent, hauling ambient grocery items seven days a week.


Christian Coolsaet, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, says: “Our new Volvo FM Electric is the perfect solution for performing high-capacity grocery deliveries with less environmental impact, and it’s fantastic to see the first example enter service with Tesco. This model is ideal for supermarket fleets wanting to transition to battery electric trucks, and we’re very confident it’s going to generate a lot of interest on the road.”


The FM Electric is powered by three electrical motors, generating 2,400 Nm of continuous torque. These motors are paired with Volvo’s popular I-Shift gearbox, which delivers a smooth and ultra-quiet driving experience by constantly evaluating information about speed, weight, road grade and torque demand.


This power is intuitively managed by an onboard electromobility traction control system which helps manage output on slippery surfaces, while different drive modes are available to set the desired performance, comfort, and energy usage levels.


Cliff Smith, Tesco’s Fleet Engineering Manager, says: “The arrival of this fully electric 40-tonne Volvo tractor unit is a first for Tesco and another exciting milestone for our delivery fleet, which directly supports our ambitious sustainability targets.”


Commenting on the suitability of the FM Electric for Tesco’s store deliveries in the South East, he adds: “We don’t allocate vehicles to specific routes, so it is imperative any new truck can immediately slot into our workflow and tackle any assignment effectively. We’re confident the FM Electric will do just that, making a seamless transition into our day-to-day operations.”


The truck is backed with a comprehensive five-year Volvo Gold Contract covering all maintenance and repairs, and including proactive monitoring of batteries and associated components, to guarantee Tesco maximum uptime.


Equipped with the maximum six batteries, it offers a range of approximately 300km and will primarily be charged on site in Thurrock. It has a charging time of just 2.5 hours with a 250kW DC charger, or 9.5 hours on a 43 kW AC charger. The battery can also be charged more quickly up to 80% capacity mid-shift, in just the same way as a smartphone, because the charger slows down towards the end of the process to protect the battery cells.


Smith adds: “Jose and his team have gone above and beyond, working closely with us to make sure this first FM Electric fully meets our needs.


“It’s without doubt the cleanest, greenest and quietest tractor unit we have on the fleet, and it comes backed by a whole suite of connected services to make the transition to electric vehicles easier, including live positioning with real-time energy status.”


Established in 1919, Tesco operates 3,822 stores across the UK and Ireland. Its Volvo FM Electric joins a distribution fleet consisting of 2,100 commercial vehicles and 4,000 trailers. It is expected to run double shifts, covering approximately 70,000 miles annually.

For further information, please contact:

Martin Tomlinson
Head of Media, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland
Tel: +44 7775 938063

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