Volvo Trucks focuses on electrification of heavy goods vehicles
Swedish lorry manufacturer Volvo Trucks started to sell three new heavy-duty all-electric models earlier this year. Due to a growing interest among the customers, the company has set an ambitious goal to increase the share of electric heavy goods vehicles in its sales up to 45 per cent by 2030.
Two models of all-electric heavy goods vehicles, Volvo FH Electric and Volvo FM Electric, are dedicated to the regional and intercity traffic, while the third type, Volvo FMX Electric is designed for the construction works. All three mentioned models have a range of up to 300 kilometres. Production of the new electric HGVs for Europe will start in the second half of 2022. They join the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric for urban transports that have been in serial production since 2019 for the same market.
According to the Swedish lorry manufacturer, large national and international transport buyers are showing strong interest in electric vehicles. This is being driven by their own ambitious climate goals, as well as consumer’s demand for decarbonisation and cleaner transports. “More and more transport companies are realising they need to start their electrification journey right now, both with the environment in mind and for competitive reasons to satisfy customer requirements for sustainable shipping,” said Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.
“There is huge potential to electrify truck transports in Europe, and also in other parts of the world, in the very near future. To prove this, we have set the ambitious goal to have electric trucks account for half of our sales in Europe by 2030. And these three new heavy-duty trucks we are now launching mark a giant step towards reaching this target,” added the company’s president.
Volvo Trucks also estimates that its electric portfolio could cover around 45 per cent of all goods transported in Europe today This makes it possible to make an important contribution to lower the climate impact from road freights, which according to official statistics account for about 6% of total CO2 emissions in the EU.