Volvo Trucks showcases zero emission, driverless tractor unit

VERA Volvo autonomous truck


Volvo Trucks has previewed a zero emission, driverless, cabless tractor unit, at its Innovation Summit in Berlin this week. 

Known as Vera (the Swedish word for faith), the fully electric truck is designed to carry out repetitive, short distance journeys, such as shunting trailers at ports, terminals or large distribution centres. It will be driven autonomously be operators in a control tower.

Using the same Volvo bus-derived driveline as the recently shown eFL and eFE trucks, it is expected to have a range in excess of 100km. When it comes to market, customers will be able to choose how many batteries they require. It uses 150kW inductive charging, and will charge from empty in under four hours. 

Speaking at the world premier, Mikael Karlsson, vice president of autonomous solutions at Volvo Trucks, explained that Vera was developed in cooperation with several customers, who will now be trialling it.

VERA autonomous Volvo truck

Meet with Birmingham City Council at free Clean Air Roadshow


Hauliers affected by Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) plans should come along to a free half-day roadshow to find out more and help prepare their fleets.

Along with other major cities mandated by the government to bring in CAZ measures, the council is consulting on a charging zone for older vehicles, meaning only Euro-6 standard trucks will be able to enter for free.

CM’s sister title Motor Transport is working with Birmingham City Council to bring you a dedicated roadshow, giving you the chance to interact directly with senior air quality officials.

It takes place on the morning of 11 October at Villa Park Stadium, Birmingham and will also feature workshops about the city’s new refuelling centre, vehicle hire and a range of alternative fuels.

Places are free, but you will need to register to attend.