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Thursday, November 05 2020 - 17:30
Volvo Trucks launches a complete range of electric trucks starting in Europe in 2021
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Nov. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Next year, hauliers in Europe will be able to order all-electric versions of 
Volvo's heavy-duty trucks. This means that Volvo Trucks will offer a complete 
heavy-duty range with electric drivelines starting in Europe in 2021. Volvo 
Trucks' massive drive towards electrification marks a major step forwards on 
the road to fossil-free transport. 

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Volvo Trucks is now running tests of the electric heavy-duty Volvo FH, Volvo FM 
and Volvo FMX trucks, which will 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 the range 
could be up to 300 km. Sales will begin next year and volume production will 
start in 2022. This means that from 2021 onwards Volvo Trucks will sell a 
complete range of battery-electric trucks in Europe for distribution, refuse, 
regional transport and urban construction operations. 

"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," says Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks. 

Volvo Trucks started manufacturing the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric 
in 2019. These are electric trucks intended for city distribution and refuse 
operations, primarily in Europe. In North America, sales of the Volvo VNR 
Electric, a truck for regional transport, will start on December 3, 2020. 

A gradual transition to fossil-free alternatives

Electric vehicles for demanding and heavy long-haul operations will follow in 
this decade. These will be battery-electric and fuel cell electric trucks with 
a longer range. Volvo Trucks aims to start selling electric trucks powered by 
hydrogen fuel cells in the second half of this decade. Volvo Trucks' objective 
is for its entire product range to be fossil-free by 2040.

"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. 

For this reason, most transport companies will change over to electric 
operation in stages. In practice, many of them will have a mixed fleet of 
trucks powered by different fuels during a transition period.

"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. 

From Volvo Trucks' perspective, the transition to more sustainable transport is 
largely about making the shift as smooth as possible for haulage operators, so 
that they can begin to adjust. The solutions offered must be fossil-free and 
allow hauliers to achieve the necessary levels of profitability and 

"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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For further information, please contact: 
Martin Tomlinson, 
Head of Media, Volvo Trucks
Phone: +44 7775 938063

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Volvo Trucks supplies complete transport solutions for discerning professional 
customers with its full range of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Customer 
support is provided via a global network of dealers with 2,100 service points 
in more than 130 countries. Volvo trucks are assembled in 14 countries across 
the globe. In 2019 approximately 131,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. 
Volvo Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading 
manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and 
industrial engines. The group also provides complete solutions for financing 
and service. Volvo Trucks' work is based on the core values of quality, safety 
and environmental care.

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