Volvo Trucks as begun series production of its heavy duty, 44 ton electric semi trucks – making it the first manufacturer to do so!
A step up from the smaller Class-8 and medium duty electric trucks we got to experience at the ACT show in Long Beach earlier this year, these second-generation Volvo electric semis encompass the brand’s full range of heavy-duty trucks, which can operate at a total weight of 44 tons – and represent more than 60% of the company’s overall OTR truck sales.
“This is a milestone and proves that we are leading the transformation of the industry. It’s less than two years ago since we showcased our heavy electric trucks for the very first time. Now we are ramping up volumes and will deliver these great trucks to customers all over Europe, and later on also to customers in Asia, Australia and Latin America,” says Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.
Volvo Begins Production of HD Electric Semis
The company says that demand for electric semi trucks is increasing rapidly throughout Europe, as companies move to shift to fossil-free transportation solutions in order to meet the EU’s sustainability goals, with demand increasing in the US as well.
“We have sold around 1,000 units of our heavy electric trucks, and more than 2,600 of our electric trucks in total. We expect volumes to increase significantly in the next few years. By 2030, at least 50 percent of the trucks we sell globally should be electric,” says Alm.
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