As the demand for electric trucks rapidly increases due to logistics companies needing to meet emissions targets, Volvo Trucks is now starting series production of heavy electric, 44-ton trucks.
Volvo is the first global truck manufacturer to produce 44-ton electric trucks and will have a three-model lineup consisting of Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo FMX. With these new additions, Volvo Trucks has six electric truck models in series production globally.
“This is a milestone and proves that we are leading the transformation of the industry. 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,” said Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.
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, which gives high production flexibility and efficiency gains. The batteries are supplied by Volvo Trucks’ new battery assembly plant in Ghent.
“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 percent of the trucks we sell globally should be electric,” added 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.