Electric truck with Hiab crane for Dutch projects
By Niamh Marriott21 September 2021
H. van Wijk Transport has added a Volvo FE Electric 6x2 with tipper body and truck-mounted crane to its fleet.
The fully electrically powered truck will transport paving and raw materials for infrastructure projects in Amsterdam.
The truck was delivered by dealer Volvo Group Truck Center Aalsmeer and is the first electric truck for the company.
It has a tipper body and an electrically driven 19 tonne-metre Hiab truck-mounted crane. The truck will mainly be driven on behalf of sister company H. van Wijk Infra, which specializes in civil engineering projects.
Harry van Wijk, director and owner, said, “We think sustainability is important and clients are increasingly asking what [we] do about sustainability as a company. We also see that cities are working towards stricter rules.
“From 2025 in Amsterdam, for example, only emission-free vehicles will be allowed to drive within the ring road. Since a large part of our work takes place there, it is important as a company to anticipate this in time.”
Van Wijk added, “The truck offers the same payload as our diesel trucks but is completely emission-free.
“We drive an average of 100 to 120 kilometres per day in Amsterdam and the range of the Volvo FE Electric is in principle sufficient for a full working day. It is important for us to find a balance between the range and the deployment on location, because the car charging crane also uses battery capacity.”
The Volvo FE Electric’s powertrain consists of two electric motors and a two-speed gearbox. The power used to drive the truck is generated by an electric motor with an output of 400 kilowatts and a maximum torque of 850 newton-metres. The energy released during braking is used to charge the batteries, making the truck very suitable for use with a lot of stop-and-go.
Van Wijk said, “We already have electrically powered commercial vehicles, shovels, mini cranes and tools, and now we have a truck. That gives us the opportunity to prepare thoroughly for the future.”