Volvo is finally taking heavy electric trucks seriously

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Volvo Group will start selling heavy electric trucks next year in Europe, he said Thursday. Unfortunately, this is nothing like the no-cabin concept that we first seen a few years ago. But it’s the kind of quiet evolution we’ll see more often.

Let’s compare the deployment of the Volvo Group electric semi-electric with the deployment of a company like Nikola: one of them is noisy and chaotic and hard to believe. The other hasn’t said much in the years since he showed us the concept.

Until today, when the Volvo Group made the following simple statement:

Volvo Trucks is currently carrying out tests on Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX electric heavy-duty trucks, which will be used for regional transport and city construction operations in Europe. These trucks will have a gross combined weight of up to 44 tonnes. Depending on the battery configuration, the range can be up to 300 km. Sales will start next year and volume production will start in 2022. This means that from 2021 Volvo Trucks will sell a full range of battery-powered electric trucks in Europe for distribution, garbage, regional transport and transportation. urban construction.

“By rapidly increasing the number of heavy-duty electric trucks, we want to help our customers and transport buyers meet their ambitious sustainability goals. We are determined to continue leading our industry towards a sustainable future, ”says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

And the Volvo Group also gave us the following photo of said trucks, which look like trucks:

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Photo: Volvo Group
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These trucks are intended for shorter haul distances and construction sites, not long hauls, as no one yet really knows how to make a heavy electric truck capable of pulling trailers long distances due to all that weight. additional battery. But electric short-haul trucks have always made a lot of sense, and presumably there is a business case to be made for them from a customer perspective as well.

Aside from the overly predictable styling, do they really need grids? And why does every semi-trailer completely abandon aerodynamics from the start? – I would say that looks good. One more thing: this is your periodic reminder that the Volvo Group, which mainly manufactures trucks, does not own Volvo Car, which mainly manufactures cars, even though both are based in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is getting confusing!

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