Volvo Trucks launches electric truck with longer range

In News, Volvo1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 20, 2022

Volvo Trucks has launched an enhanced version of its Volvo VNR Electric in North America, with up to 85% increased range and faster charging.

The Volvo VNR Electric is one of Volvo Trucks six all-electric heavy truck models and is specially designed for the North American market.

The first generation of Volvo VNR Electric had an operating range of up to 240km. The enhanced version of the class 8 electric truck has an operational range of up to 440km and increased energy storage of up to 565kWh.

Volvo says the improved performance is due to improved battery design and a new six battery package option.

The new Volvo VNR Electric also reduces the required charging time, as the 250kW charging capability provides an 80% charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery package, and 60 minutes for the four-battery version.

Production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric will start in Q2 2022 in the company’s New River Valley plant in Virginia.

Globally, Volvo Trucks has set the target that half of all trucks sold are electric by 2030.