Volvo FH becomes the first electric Truck of the Year 

Volvo Trucks has scooped a prestigious industry award for its Volvo FH Electric, becoming the first-ever electric truck named International Truck of the Year.   

In explaining the decision, the jury praised the electric truck’s performance, seamless acceleration, quietness, and vibration-free behaviour. 

‘With the introduction of the FH Electric, Volvo Trucks has delivered a state-of-the-art battery electric vehicle range, suitable for a wide array of transport operations. It’s proof that the energy transition is gaining strength even in today’s challenging business environment,’ stated Gianenrico Griffini, Chairman of International Truck of the Year. 

Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, accepted the prestigious award last night during the prize ceremony at the Solutrans Transport Exhibition in Lyon, France. ‘I am very proud that our Volvo FH Electric has won this highly respected award. For the first time in history, the transport industry has chosen an electric vehicle as Truck of the Year. The Volvo FH Electric represents a new era in trucking, and winning this award shows that the shift to zero-emission transport is happening here and now,” commented Alm. ‘I sincerely want to thank everyone who has contributed to this success. It’s based on great teamwork among our colleagues within the Volvo Group and close cooperation with our valued customers, partners and suppliers.’ 

This is the fourth time Volvo’s FH model has been named International Truck of the Year. The Volvo FH is one of the industry’s most successful models of all time, with nearly 1.4 million trucks sold worldwide. The Volvo FH Electric can operate up to 44 tonnes. Production of the truck started in 2022 in Volvo’s factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, and expanded to its factory in Ghent, Belgium, in 2023. Volvo Trucks was the first global manufacturer to start series production of electric trucks in 2019, and today, it has a broad electric line-up with six electric trucks designed to handle a wide variety of transport assignments.  

The International Truck of the Year organisation was launched in 1977 and comprises 24 commercial vehicle journalists from major trucking magazines throughout the UK and Europe. The annual award is given to the truck introduced to the market in the previous 12 months that made the most significant contribution to road transport efficiency. Several vital criteria are evaluated, including technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, energy efficiency, environmental ‘footprint’, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).