Florim Becomes the First Ceramic Company to Implement Electric Mobility Plan for Goods Transportation with Volvo Trucks

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May 2023 marked the beginning of an innovative pilot project in the field of e-mobility, as Florim, the world’s leading ceramic company, partnered with Volvo Trucks to introduce electric trucks for the transportation of goods. This groundbreaking initiative not only demonstrates Florim’s commitment to sustainability but also positions them as pioneers in the ceramic district’s electric mobility efforts.

The project’s primary objective is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, with the introduction of Volvo Trucks’ electric vehicles expected to result in a yearly decrease of 560 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Florim plans to achieve this significant reduction by replacing their current diesel transportation system with heavy-duty, full electric vehicles powered by self-generated energy. The company’s photovoltaic installations, boasting a capacity of 12.2 megawatts peak (MWp) and covering an area of 64,000 square meters, along with two cogeneration plants, will serve as the primary sources of energy for these vehicles.

The first two Volvo FH Electric 4X2 trucks, equipped with six traction batteries offering a total power of 540 kilowatt-hours (kWh), have been operational since early May. These trucks are responsible for transporting slabs from the Mordano plant (dedicated to the production of large formats) to the Fiorano Modenese facility (dedicated to processing and logistics). As the project progresses, additional full electric vehicles will join the fleet, gradually replacing the existing diesel-powered vehicles. Ultimately, the entire fleet, consisting of five to six electric articulated trucks, will contribute to a reduction of approximately 560 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year.

Aside from the significant environmental benefits achieved through CO2 reduction, the electric motors of these vehicles also contribute to a reduction in noise pollution. This translates to a better working environment for the drivers and a more livable atmosphere for residents living in areas affected by freight transportation.

Florim’s President, Claudio Lucchese, expressed pride in the collaboration with Volvo, stating, “We are determined to reduce CO2 emissions, both from our production processes and our transportation operations. Partnering with Volvo makes us pioneers in the electric mobility field for goods transportation in the ceramic district. This innovative plan aims to minimize our environmental impact in an area that experiences high levels of pollution caused by heavy-duty vehicles.”

Giovanni Dattoli, the Managing Director of Volvo Trucks Italy, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the shared values of innovation and environmental stewardship between the two companies. “We fully support Florim’s decision and recognize the importance of embarking on the sustainability journey together. Our companies’ common values have made this significant electrification project possible,” Dattoli stated.

To ensure the successful implementation of the project, Florim has also invested in dedicated internal charging infrastructure at the Fiorano and Mordano sites. These charging stations play a vital role in providing the necessary power to the vehicles’ batteries, utilizing self-generated energy. The definition of the appropriate infrastructure, specifically fast-charging stations that maximize vehicle productivity, received support from Volvo Trucks’ dedicated team and involved specific partners. These charging stations for Volvo Trucks will complement the existing ones used to charge the company’s plug-in hybrid vehicles, which are already an integral part of Florim’s fleet.

Florim’s strategic partnership with Volvo Trucks represents a significant step forward for the ceramic industry’s sustainability efforts. By embracing electric mobility, Florim sets an example for other companies in the sector, showcasing the importance of adopting environmentally friendly transportation solutions. Through collaboration and innovation, these two industry leaders are paving the way toward a greener and more sustainable future.

Source: Florim – Volvo Trucks

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