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Volvo Trucks to sell heavy-duty electric trucks in Europe in 2021



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The electric truck market is about to get a little more crowded. Starting next year, AB Volvo’s truck division, Volvo Trucks, will launch a complete range of heavy-duty electric trucks in Europe, according to the company’s statement.

Volvo Trucks said that it’s currently running the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo FMX trucks for regional transport and urban construction operations. The company claims that the trucks will have a gross combination weight of up to 44 tonnes and a range of 300 km. Sales will begin next year, and volume production will start in 2022.

“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,” said Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

This is Volvo Trucks’ latest step in its push for electrification. Last year, the company delivered its first electric trucks to waste and recycling company Renova and logistics company DB Schenker. It also announced that the Volvo VNR Electric, a truck for regional transport, will sell in North America on December 3, 2020.

The company is also planning to sell electric trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells in the second half of this decade. It also aims to shift to a fossil fuel-free lineup by 2040 eventually. 

“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 haulers and markets, depending on many variables such as financial incentives, access to charging infrastructure and type of transport operations,” said Roger Alm.

An engineer by profession, a writer by calling.

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