Volvo 2020 first heavy-duty electric trucks- Volvo broadcasted that it will be among manufacturers to start selling heavy-duty electric trucks in 2021, with volume production in 2022.
The 44tonne trucks would have a range up to300 km which is 186miles, depending on the configuration.
The manufacturing has already started testing an electric concrete mixer and hook lift truck in partnership with the Swedish construction firm swerock.
With announcement, volvo will have a full line of electric trucks. last year, it started selling the Volvo FE Electric FL Electric models with gross weight up to 26 tonnes and has been manufacturing hybrid electric buses since 2008.
The recent trucks are electric versions of Volvo’s FH, FM, AND FMX trucks used for regional transportation and urban construction. Since they are built to do relatively short runs between concrete plants and city construction sites, for instance, the relatively short-range would not be an issue.
Volvo trucks presidents Roger Alm told the financial times that the company was shooting for operation costs-including fuel, financial, and second-hand value- “as comparable as possible” to diesel trucks.
The company plans to gradually introduce heavy long- haul trucks “in this decade” with a mix of battery-electric and hydrogen-powered fuel-cell models. The latter will arrive in the second half of 2020 and Volvo plans to have its entire product range fossil-free by 2040.
Tesla’s heavy-duty semi still arrives ahead of the Volvo’s electric trucks, as it’s now scheduled to ship in 2021 after production was pushed back from 2019.
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