Electric Volvos for the longer haul


Volvo Trucks in the US has launched a new version of its VNR electric truck with a longer range

Electric Volvos for the longer haul
The new Volvo VNR Electric has a range of up to 440km and faster charging than its predecessor

 

Volvo Trucks has launched an enhanced version of its Volvo VNR Electric with up to 85 per cent 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. Now an enhanced version of the Class 8 electric truck is launched, with an estimated operational range of up to 440km and increased energy storage of up to 565kWh.

Volvo Trucks explains that the improved performance is due to, among other things, improved battery design and a new six battery package option.

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

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"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," says Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America.

Voorhoeve is also a former president of Volvo Group Australia.

Production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric will start during the second quarter this year in the company’s New River Valley plant in Virginia, which is the exclusive producer of all Volvo trucks in North America.


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Globally, Volvo Trucks has set a target that half of all of its trucks sold will be 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," says Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks.

"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."

Volvo Trucks points out that it 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.

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