GÖTEBORG, Sweden, November 5, 2020 / PRNewswire / - Next year, hauliers in Europe will be able to order all-electric versions of Volvo's heavy-duty trucks. This means Volvo Trucks will be offering a full line of heavy duty electric drivetrain trucks from 2021 (Europe). Volvo Trucks' intensive electrification efforts represent an important step forward on the path to purely non-fossil fuel transport.
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Volvo Trucks is currently testing Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX heavy-duty electric trucks that will be used in regional transport and construction work in European cities. The maximum weight of the road train for these vehicles will be up to 44 tonnes. Depending on the configuration of the batteries, the possible range is up to 300 km. Sales will begin next year and mass production in 2022. This means that starting in 2021, Volvo Trucks' full range of electric (battery) trucks will be available in Europe for distribution, regional, waste disposal and construction work in cities.
“By rapidly increasing the number of electric heavy-duty trucks, we want to help our customers and transport buyers achieve their ambitious sustainability goals. We are determined to steer our industry continuously towards a sustainable future, ”says Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.
Volvo Trucks started production of the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric in 2019. These are electric trucks for urban distribution and refuse collection, mainly in Europe. Sales of the Volvo VNR Electric regional truck will start in North America on December 3, 2020.
Gradual shift to non-fossil alternative fuels
Electric vehicles for demanding operations and long-haul heavy loads will appear in the coming years. These will be trucks with a greater range, equipped with batteries and fuel cells. Volvo Trucks intends to start selling hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks in the second half of this decade. Volvo Trucks' goal is to offer a full range of non-fossil fuel products by 2040.
“To reduce the climate impact of transport, we need to move rapidly from fossil fuels to alternatives such as electricity. However, the conditions for this change, and hence the pace, vary greatly between carriers and markets, as well as many variables such as financial incentives, access to recharging infrastructure and type of transport operations, ”explains Roger Alm.
For this reason, most transport companies will introduce electric vehicles gradually. In practice, many of them will have a mixed fleet of multi-fuel trucks during the transition period.
“Our chassis are designed to be independent of the driveline used. Our customers can purchase several Volvo trucks of the same model, with the difference that some are electric and some are gas or diesel. When it comes to product features such as the driver's cab, reliability and safety, all our vehicles meet the same high standards. Drivers should feel comfortable in their vehicles and be able to operate them safely and efficiently, regardless of the fuel used, ”says Roger Alm.
From Volvo Trucks' point of view, the transition to more sustainable transport for hauliers should be as smooth as possible so that they can begin to adapt to this change. The solutions offered must use non-fossil fuels and enable carriers to achieve the necessary level of profitability and productivity.
“Our main task is to facilitate the transition to electrified vehicles. We do this by offering end-to-end solutions that include route planning, correctly specified vehicles, charging equipment, financing and service. The long-term security that we provide to our customers together with our global network of dealers and service workshops will be more important than ever, ”says Roger Alm.
Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professionals and demanding customers, offering a complete range of medium and heavy duty trucks. The service is provided by a dealer network with 2,100 service stations in over 130 countries. Trucks are manufactured in 14 countries. In 2019, more than 131,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. The Volvo Trucks concern is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction machinery, and marine and industrial engines. The Volvo Group also provides complete financial and service solutions. Volvo's core values are quality, safety and environmental care.