In the world of road transportation, electric-powered trucks have been gaining momentum, and Volvo trucks are leading the charge. With almost 50% market share in both Europe and North America, Volvo Trucks has established itself as the premier brand for electric fleet vehicles. In this blog post, we’ll explore the six unique electric models offered by Volvo Trucks, their plans for expansion, and recent industry activity and testing, such as the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s “Run on Less” Electric Depot.
- Volvo Trucks has the largest market share for electric trucks in Europe with 50%, and nearly the same percentage in North America.
- The truck maker has sold almost 5000 units so far, spanning six models, since production and deliveries began.Volvo Trucks, Traton, and Daimler are collaborating on a charging network just for heavy trucks in Europe in an effort to make long-distance EV truck deliveries possible.
Volvo Trucks has been producing electric trucks since 2010, but it wasn’t until 2019 that the company announced its first commercially available electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric. Since then, the company has unveiled five more electric truck models, including the Volvo FE Electric, Volvo FM Electric, and Volvo VNR Electric – all engineered to meet specific needs.
Volvo’s most recent model, the Volvo VNR Electric, is built for regional heavy-duty distribution using Volvo’s proprietary drivetrain technology and boasts a range of up to 150 miles on a single charge. The Volvo VNR Electric has already made a significant impact on the industry, with 50 units sold to a wide range of customers, including PepsiCo and 10 Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to expanding their electric vehicle lineup, Volvo Trucks is also expanding their production capabilities to meet the growing demand. The company is planning to expand production at its plants in Virginia, Gothenburg, Blainville, France, and Ghent, Belgium, with a focus on strengthening their electric truck manufacturing capacity.
To ensure the reliability and performance of their electric-powered trucks, Volvo Trucks has conducted extensive testing and verification in a variety of climates worldwide. Most recently, Volvo Trucks participated in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s “Run on Less” Electric Depot, an initiative to test the performance of electric trucks in real-world operating conditions. The testing aimed to show the environmental and financial benefits of using electric-powered trucks, with eight fleets across North America showcasing their electric trucks.
Volvo Trucks’ commitment to electrification extends beyond their production capabilities and testing. The company has a clear vision for a sustainable transportation solution, and they’ve launched various partnerships and collaborations to achieve this. For example, they’ve partnered with Greenlots, a supplier of EV charging stations and network solutions, to enhance their product offering of fast-charging infrastructure for customers. Additionally, they’ve partnered with the Volvo Group to collaborate on a project that extends the driving range of electric trucks by adding hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Electric-powered trucks are here, and they’re not going anywhere. Volvo Trucks’ commitment to making sustainable transportation a reality is not just a trend but an essential part of their business strategy. They’ve shown exceptional growth in their electric vehicle production capabilities and worldwide reach and are committed to continuing to lead the industry in creating reliable and efficient electric-powered trucks. With the increasing demand for electric transportation, Volvo Trucks will continue innovating and enhancing their product offerings to meet customers’ needs and expectations.