Al-Futtaim Auto and Machinery Company (FAMCO) launched the first-ever heavy-duty electric truck in the UAE and Middle East region on Tuesday. The truck, manufactured by Sweden’s automobile giant Volvo, has a capacity of 40 tons and can run 300 kilometers on a full charge and take only 2.5 hours to fully recharge in DC mode and 9.5 hours in AC mode. The first batch has been sold to FMCG major Unilever. The trucks can be used for transporting FMCG goods and logistics. The truck has been tested to withstand different weather conditions. Ramez Hamdan, Managing Director, Industrial Equipment for UAE, Saudi and Qatar, FAMCO, said “The truck is one of the fastest vehicles to be charged.” In terms of the economic aspect, he said the total cost of an e-truck is much lower than a diesel-operated truck, considering the downtime of the vehicle and the cost of diesel consumption.
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