Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in 2019

In News, Volvo1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 24, 2018

Next year Volvo Trucks will start selling electric medium-duty trucks in Europe, with the first units being put into operation with selected customers this year.

“Electromobility is fully in line with Volvo Truck‘s long term commitment for sustainable urban development and zero emissions”, says Claes Nilsson, president Volvo Trucks.

Electric trucks drastically reduce noise and exhaust emissions and open up new ways to manage logistics. More transport assignments can be carried out at night and fewer trucks need to compete for road space during rush hour.

“Our technology and knowhow within electromobility are based on proven commercial solutions already in use on Volvo‘s electric buses, and solutions that were introduced in Volvo‘s hybrid trucks as far back as 2010,” says Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy medium duty vehicles at Volvo Trucks. “The vehicles themselves are only one part of what is needed for large-scale electrification to succeed.”

Enabling long-term sustainable transport is a complex issue that requires a wide range of measures.

“We are working closely with customers, cities, suppliers of charging infrastructure and other key stakeholders to create the necessary framework for electrical trucks”, says Odermalm.

Nilsson adds: “We believe in full electrification for urban distribution as a first step, however we are working with electrification for other transport applications. This is only the beginning.”