Volvo Trucks starts series production of heavy electric trucks

Volvo Trucks is now starting series production of heavy electric, 44 tonne trucks

Volvo Trucks is beginning series production of the electric versions of its Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX models. These trucks can operate at a total weight of 44 tonnes gross combined weight.

“This is a milestone and proves that we are leading the transformation of the industry,” says Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks.  

“It’s less than two years ago since we showcased our heavy electric trucks for the very first time. Now we are ramping up volumes and will deliver these great trucks to customers all over Europe, and later on also to customers in Asia, Australia and Latin America.”

Series production of Volvo’s heaviest electric trucks will start in the Tuve factory in Gothenburg, Sweden and next year the factory in Ghent, Belgium will follow. Volvo produces the electric trucks on the same line as its conventional trucks, with the batteries supplied by Volvo Trucks’ new battery assembly plant in Ghent.

The demand for electric trucks is rapidly increasing in many markets, with one driving force being the need for transport buyers to shift to fossil-free transports in order to meet their sustainability goals.

“We have sold around 1,000 units of our heavy electric trucks and more than 2,600 of our electric trucks in total. We expect volumes to increase significantly in the next few years. By 2030, at least 50 per cent of the trucks we sell globally should be electric,” comments Roger Alm.

Volvo Trucks’ electric line-up of six truck models covers a wide range of applications such as city distribution and refuse handling, regional transport, and construction work.

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