Volvo Trucks announced that its full range of heavy duty trucks and haulers would be available with battery-electric drive trains as early as next year.
The move is seen as a massive step towards eliminating fossil-fuel use throughout Europe, and a realization of their commitment to be a fully “climate-neutral” company by 2040.
They are currently running real-world tests of battery-electric Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo FMX model heavy duty trucks and semis. These are big trucks.
Some have a gross combination vehicle weight rating of over 40 “tonnes,” and would feature a driving range of nearly 200 miles between charges.
This news comes hot on the heels of their announcement that it is buying 50% of Daimler Trucks’ hydrogen fuel cell business, and seems to indicate that the company is well beyond the exploratory phases of transitioning towards zero-emission vehicles.
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.
Reference- Clean Technica, InsideEvs, Volvo Online Newsroom