Volvo launches electric truck with longer range in N. America
Volvo Trucks has launched an enhanced version of its Volvo VNR Electric with up to 85% increased range and faster charging in North America.
The first generation of Volvo VNR Electric had an operating range of up to 240 km (150 miles) and became available in December 2020.
The enhanced version of the class 8* electric truck has an operational range of up to 440 km (275 miles) and increased energy storage of up to 565kWh. The improved performance is due to, among other things, 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.
“It is a testament to Volvo Trucks’ leadership in a continuously evolving industry that we are bringing the enhanced version of our VNR Electric to the market only a year after sales of the VNR Electric first started,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America.
Production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric will start in the second quarter of 2022, in the company’s New River Valley plant in the U.S. state of Virginia, which is the exclusive producer of all Volvo trucks in North America.
50% electric by 2030
Globally, Volvo Trucks has set the target that half of all trucks sold are electric by 2030.
“We are determined to lead the transformation of the transport industry. In only eight years’ time, our goal is that half of our global truck sales are electric. The interest among customers is high, and it’s quickly becoming a competitive advantage for transporters to be able to offer electric, sustainable transports. That is very encouraging,” said Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks.
Volvo Trucks started serial production of electric trucks in 2019, as one of the very first truck brands in the world. The product range now includes six electric truck models – the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, Volvo FMX, Volvo FE, Volvo FL and the Volvo VNR.
*Gross vehicle weight rating of 15 tons and above