Volvo starts series production of heavy-duty electric trucks

This picture exhibits staff at Volvo Trucks’ plant in Sweden.

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Volvo Trucks stated Wednesday that production of three heavy obligation electric truck fashions was now underway, with its president telling CNBC that the information represented “a big moment” for the agency.

In an announcement, Volvo Trucks stated the electrified Volvo FM, Volvo FMX and Volvo FH automobiles might run at a weight totaling 44 metric tons.

According to the corporate, the vary for the electric FM is as much as 380 kilometers, or simply over 236 miles. Ranges for the FMX and FH are as much as 320 km and 300 km, respectively.

The firm stated production was starting at a facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. Next yr will see production start at a web site in Ghent, Belgium.

Batteries might be provided by a Volvo Trucks plant in Ghent. Volvo Trucks, which is an element of the Volvo Group, stated it now had “six electric truck models in series production globally.”

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Speaking to CNBC on Wednesday morning, Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm was bullish concerning the firm’s prospects going ahead.

“We have actually already sold 1,000 units of these heavy-duty electrical trucks before the production start,” he stated. Elm went on so as to add that the enterprise noticed “an increasing demand coming ahead of us as well.”

In remarks revealed on his agency’s web site, Elm stated that, by the yr 2030, “at least 50 percent of the trucks we sell globally should be electric.”

For trucks in addition to automobiles, ample charging choices might be essential in relation to dispelling issues about “range anxiety,” a time period which refers to the concept electric automobiles aren’t in a position to undertake lengthy journeys with out dropping energy and getting stranded.

During his interview with CNBC, Volvo Trucks’ Alm was requested about charging infrastructure. “Of course, we need to … build out the infrastructure of the of the charging network, that is very important,” he stated.

Hydrogen hopes

Earlier this yr, Volvo Trucks stated it had begun to check automobiles that use “fuel cells powered by hydrogen,” with the Swedish agency claiming their vary might prolong to as a lot as 1,000 kilometers, or slightly over 621 miles.

In an announcement, the corporate stated refueling of the automobiles would take underneath quarter-hour. Customer pilots are set to start within the subsequent few years, with commercialization “planned for the latter part of this decade.”

Volvo Trucks’ give attention to zero-emission applied sciences places it in competitors with firms like Tesla and Daimler Truck, that are each growing electric trucks.

Like Volvo Trucks, Daimler Truck is specializing in each battery-electric and hydrogen automobiles. In March 2021, Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group arrange cellcentric, a 50:50 three way partnership centered across the production of gasoline cells.

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