UAE-based Al Futtaim Auto and Machinery Company (Famco) has announced the launch of global automotive giant Volvo’s first heavy-duty electric truck in the Middle East, reinforcing its position as a market pioneer and its commitment to sustainable transport solutions.
A statement from Famco said that this breakthrough achievement by Famco represents a major step forward in reducing transport-related emissions to zero, in line with the UAE’s sustainable development strategy as the entire country prepares to achieve zero emissions by 2023. COP28 will be held in November.
The Volvo FH heavy-duty electric truck has a gross combined weight (GCW) of up to 44 tonnes; in addition to fast charging times of 2.5 hours (DC) / 9.5 hours (AC) and excellent drivetrain performance of up to 490 kW / 666 hp, it also has An impressive range of up to 300 kilometers.
Established in the UAE in 1978, Famco serves a variety of industries and commercial enterprises in the transportation, construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, warehousing and marine sectors.
Its product portfolio includes trucks and buses, construction equipment, storage and handling, power and industrial, marine solutions, rental and used equipment, and financial services.
Famco is the sole distributor of Volvo trucks, buses and construction equipment in the UAE; also the exclusive distributor of internationally renowned industry giants such as Yanmar, Doosan, Himonisa, AGG, SDLG, Ingersoll Rand, Linde, etc.
The launch of the region’s first-ever heavy-duty electric truck was recently held at AlSerkal Avenue – Concrete in the presence of top management, corporate CEOs and partners.
Speaking at the launch, Said Ramez Hamdan, Managing Director of Famco, said: “Famco is part of the Al-Futtaim Automotive Group, which continues to introduce new products and services to drive the UAE towards building a more sustainable future of mobility and support the UAE. 2050 net zero strategic goal.”
“While we currently offer a wide range of hybrid and electric vehicles, the launch of Volvo’s first range of heavy-duty electric trucks represents a huge leap towards a greener future,” he said.
Hamdan said: “By investing in Volvo’s electric trucks, business partners can not only electrify their fleets, but also be pioneers in the green transport movement and ultimately create a better future for us all.”
He added that the UAE is known for its forward-thinking approach, with Famco at the forefront of ushering in this new era of mobility, as a year of suitability solves mysteries every day with green solutions and sustainable inventions .
Unlike other companies that are still in testing or trials, Volvo offers a full range of electric trucks that have been tested and available for purchase, as the first truck has already been sold to FMCG giant Unilever for its UAE operations.
Ahmed Kadous, Head of Supply Chain, Unilever Middle East and Turkey, said: “We are committed to achieving net zero emissions across our value chain by 2039. Logistics will play a key role in achieving this goal as it contributes to our emissions. 15% of that. To achieve this, we want to push our business beyond its current limits and see how we can solve the current environmental crisis.”
“That’s why we’re pioneering a green transport movement in the UAE, and this electric truck is the second member of our delivery fleet. We added our first electric van (EV) to our UAE delivery fleet in early March, which is a Also our delivery fleet is first in the UAE,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service