Volvo increases its electric truck range

Volvo Trucks has expanded its range of electric trucks, launching electric rigid versions of its Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX models.

 Thanks to multiple battery, cab and chassis options, the new heavy rigid trucks can be designed to carry electric superstructures for a wide range of specialised transport assignments, including goods distribution, refuse collection and construction work. Production of the new variants will begin in the first quarter of 2023.

Transitioning to electric

‘With these new electric trucks, we are making it easier for even more customers to go electric and for cities to shift to zero-emission vehicles for virtually all transport flows. They can have these trucks custom-built for their specific operation to cut emissions while getting the same functionality as the diesel truck they are using today,’ explains Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

Diesel trucks with heavy loads are common in many cities, and now it’s possible to use electric trucks for these assignments instead. Besides producing zero exhaust emissions, electric trucks provide a better working environment for drivers as they are quiet – which also contributes to a more liveable city for residents.

The new rigid trucks have a battery capacity between 180-540 kWh. Together with the number of batteries applied to an HGV, it provides excellent flexibility and a wide range of potential operations.

‘These trucks can handle all kinds of transport jobs, from lighter to heavy loads. Customers can choose the exact battery capacity they need for their assignments, and by not carrying more batteries onboard than needed, the payload can increase,’ says Alm.

‘In short, we have the optimal and most cost-efficient electric transport solution, no matter the task.’

Volvo Trucks‘ target is that half of its global total truck sales will be electric by 2030 at the latest.

  • Volvo FH, FM and FMX electric rigids can be equipped as follows: Released for sale in December 2022, and serial production starts March 2023: Driveline: 490 kW
  • Drive unit: 3 electric motors
  • Battery: 450-540 kWh, 5-6 batteries Cab: Sleeper, High, X-High sleeper cab Wheelbase: 4300-6700 mm
  • Axle Configurations: 4x2R, 6x2R, 6x4R, 8x2R, and 8x4R PTO: Mechanical, Gearbox and Electro-Mechanical
  • Released for sale in February, serial production starts May 2023: Driveline: 330 kW
  • Drive unit: 2 electric motors Battery: 360 kWh, 4 batteries Cab: Day cab
  • Wheelbase: 3900-6700 mm
  • Released for sale in June, serial production starts September 2023: Battery: 180-270 kWh, 2-3 batteries