Full range of Volvo trucks now available with electric power

Colin Barnett
April 20, 2021

Volvo Trucks has said it believes the time is right for the electrification of heavy road transport to take a major leap forward. This comes as it confirmed that it is now taking orders for battery electric version of its full range.

The FL and FE models for the distribution and utilities sectors have been garnering orders for some time, and the first deliveries to UK operators are expected within the next two months. Now, the Swedish manufacturer has confirmed that as of this month, it is accepting orders for the rest of the range.

These are the middle-weight FM family, the construction-sector specific FMX and the long-haul top-weight FH. First deliveries of these models is realistically estimated as being in Q3, 2022. Prospective purchasers will be making a leap of faith, with no pricing information available yet, except that the premium will be substantial. The first operators will clearly be driven their own and their customers’ ambitious climate targets, rather than simple economics.

Volvo Trucks president Roger Alm said “More and more transport companies are realising they need to start their electrification journey right now, both with the environment in mind and for competitive reasons to satisfy customer requirements for sustainable shipping. With Volvo Trucks’ wide and deep offering, it is totally feasible for far more transport companies to go electric.”

The next stage in Volvo’s zero-tailpipe emission programme will utilise hydrogen fuel cells. Alm said “This technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified, using both batteries and fuel cells. Our aim is to start selling fuel-cell electric trucks in the second part of this decade and we are confident we can make this happen.”

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Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic and worked on Commercial Motor for 27 years

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