Volvo Engineering Team, Testing E-trucks in Extreme Winter Weather
Updated: Apr 22, 2022
Volvo Trucks has released images and a film of how they tested it´s electric trucks in extremely cold weather close to the Arctic Circle. According to Volvo the end result was a new feature to maintain battery performance, even when the temperature is far below zero.
“We have customers all over the world and our trucks need to perform everywhere, so harsh climate testing is essential, of course including our electric range” says Jessica Sandström, SVP Product Management at Volvo Trucks.
The company analysed what happens to a battery-powered truck when the thermometer shows -25° C and brutal winds set in. Volvo Trucks conducted winter tests in the far northern part of Sweden.
“When testing our trucks out in the field, close to the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, we assess all the unpredictable elements of nature,” continues Jessica Sandström. “The wind builds up ice on the truck, which gives us great opportunities to make sure that everything performs correctly under extreme circumstances. Our tests have shown that it works very well to operate our electric trucks in these really cold environments.”
One tangible result of the winter testing is a new Ready to Run feature. This feature prepares the truck for the workday, when needed by preheating or operating in hot weather by cooling the truck's batteries and cab. The optimal temperature for the batteries is around +25° and the driver can easily start the preheating or precooling, remotely via an app.
Electric trucks are an essential part of the solution for reducing CO2 emissions, but so far they represent only a modest percentage of the total truck market. Only a few hundred all-electric heavy-duty trucks have been delivered to transporters in Europe this year.
“We are driving the change and have a leading position in the European market for electric trucks. Today, we already have electric trucks in serial production and are delivering to customers all over Europe and North America. Our goal is that 50% of our total truck sales will be electric by 2030,” concludes Jessica Sandström.
The complete Ready to Run feature will be available on the Volvo FH, FM and FMX Electric used for regional haul and light construction.