Volvo Trucks launch a complete range of electric trucks available to purchase in Europe in 2021
European hauliers will be able to order all-electric versions of Volvo's heavy-duty trucks. The company will offer a complete heavy-duty range with full electric drivelines starting in Europe in 2021, a major step forwards on the road to fossil-free transport.
Volvo are currently running tests of the electric heavy-duty Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX trucks, these models can be used for regional transport and urban construction operations in Europe. These trucks will have a gross combination weight of up to 44 tonnes. Depending on the battery configuration a range of 300 km could be achieved. Orders will be taken in 2021, with volume production beginning in 2022. The complete range of battery-electric trucks are best placed for use in distribution, refuse, regional transport, and urban construction operations.
Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks, said, "By rapidly increasing the number of heavy-duty electric trucks, we want to help our customers and transport buyers to achieve their ambitious sustainability goals. We're determined to continue driving our industry towards a sustainable future,"
In 2019 Volvo Trucks started manufacturing the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric both of these fully electrical trucks target clients involved in city distribution and things like refuse operations, the market is primarily in Europe, however on 3rd of December sales of the Volvo VNR Electric, a truck for regional transport, began in North America.
Volvo expects that Electric vehicles for demanding and heavy long-haul operations will follow within this decade. The trucks will be battery-electric and fuel cell electric trucks but with a much longer range, with the longer range in mind, Volvo Trucks aims to start selling electric trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells within the second half of this decade. By 2040 Volvo Trucks' objective is for its entire product range to be fossil-free.
"To reduce the impact of transport on the climate, we need to make a swift transition from fossil fuels to alternatives such as electricity. But the conditions for making this shift, and consequently the pace of the transition, vary dramatically across different hauliers and markets, depending on many variables such as financial incentives, access to charging infrastructure and type of transport operations," explains Roger Alm.
Most transport companies will likely change over to electric operation in stages. Therefore, those that do, will have a mixed fleet of trucks powered by different fuels during the transition.
"Our chassis are designed to be independent of the driveline used. Our customers can choose to buy several Volvo trucks of the same model, with the only difference being that some are electric and others are powered by gas or diesel. As regards product characteristics, such as the driver's environment, reliability and safety, all our vehicles meet the same high standards. Drivers should feel familiar with their vehicles and be able to operate them safely and efficiently regardless of the fuel used," says Roger Alm.
When making the transition to more sustainable transport it must be made as possible for haulage operators, and the solutions offered must be fossil-free and allow hauliers to achieve the necessary levels of profitability and productivity.
"Our primary task is to ease the transition to electrified vehicles. We're doing this by offering holistic solutions that include route planning, correctly specified vehicles, charging equipment, financing and services. The long-term security that we and our global network of dealers and service workshops provide our customers with will be more important than ever," says Roger Alm.
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