Thursday, January 20, 2022

New All Electric Class 8 HGV Launching Shortly with Greater Range and Faster Charging

Truck Maker Aims to Electrify the World by 2030
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US – Continuing its search for zero-tailpipe emission trucks across the world Volvo Trucks has launched the latest enhanced version of its Volvo VNR Electric which offers up to 80% more in terms of range between charges.

The Volvo VNR Electric is one of Volvo Trucks six all-electric heavy truck models and is specially designed for the North American market and was launched in December 2020. The new model will also offer faster charging according to the manufacturer. Now the 250kW charging capability provides an 80% charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery package, and 60 minutes for the four-battery version.

The first generation of Volvo VNR Electric had an operating range of up to 240 km (150 miles). Now the enhanced version of the class 8 (GVW over 15 tonnes) electric truck is capable of an operational range of up to 440 km (275 miles) and increased energy storage of up to 565kWh. The improved performance is due to, among other things, improved battery design and that new six battery package option.

Production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric will start in Q2 2022 in the company’s New River Valley plant in Virginia, which is the exclusive producer of all Volvo trucks in North America. Peter Voorhoeve, President, Volvo Trucks North America, commented:

“It is a testament to Volvo Trucks’ leadership in a continuously evolving industry that we are bringing the enhanced version of our VNR Electric to the market only a year after sales of the VNR Electric first started.”

Volvo Trucks started serial production of electric trucks in 2019, as one of the very first truck brands in the world. The product range now includes six electric truck models, the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, Volvo FMX, Volvo FE, Volvo FL and the Volvo VNR. Globally, Volvo Trucks has set the target that half of all its trucks sold are electric by 2030. Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks concluded:

“We are determined to lead the transformation of the transport industry. In only eight years’ time, our goal is that half of our global truck sales are electric. The interest among customers is high, and it’s quickly becoming a competitive advantage for transporters to be able to offer electric, sustainable transports. That is very encouraging.”