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New Volvo Electric Trucks Will Reach Owners in 2021

Volvo Trucks Electric Range

Volvo Trucks just revealed full electric versions of its proven FH, FM, as well as FMX trucks recently, and the best part is that customers in Europe can make their orders next year itself.

Curently undergoing the final phase of testing, the electric FM, FH, and FMX trucks will have a gross combination weight of up to 44 tonnes. Depending on the battery configuration, the range could be up to 300 km.

Sales will begin next year and volume production will start in 2022. This means that from 2021 onwards Volvo Trucks will sell a complete range of battery-electric trucks in Europe for distribution, refuse, regional transport and urban construction operations.

The models mentioned above will complement the Volvo FL Electric and the Volvo FE Electric which have been around since 2019.

Volvo Trucks Electric 2

From Volvo Trucks’ perspective, what’s happening now is a transition to more sustainable transport, and the company said that it aims to make the shift as smooth as possible for haulage operators, so that they can begin to adjust.

How Volvo Trucks aims to do this is by offering holistic solutions that include route planning, correctly specified vehicles, charging equipment, financing and services.

While the first batch of these electric Prime Movers are expected to reach customers in Europe in 2022, markets such as Malaysia will have to wait much longer.

So, watch this space for more updates on Volvo’s new Electric behemoths.

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PRESS RELEASE

Next year, hauliers in Europe will be able to order all-electric versions of Volvo’s heavy-duty trucks. This means that Volvo Trucks will offer a complete heavy-duty range with electric drivelines starting in Europe in 2021. Volvo Trucks’ massive drive towards electrification marks a major step forwards on the road to fossil-free transport.

Volvo Trucks is now running tests of the electric heavy-duty Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX trucks, which will be used for regional transport and urban construction operations in Europe.

These trucks will have a gross combination weight of up to 44 tonnes. Depending on the battery configuration the range could be up to 300 km. Sales will begin next year and volume production will start in 2022. This means that from 2021 onwards Volvo Trucks will sell a complete range of battery-electric trucks in Europe for distribution, refuse, regional transport and urban construction operations.

“By rapidly increasing the number of heavy-duty electric trucks, we want to help our customers and transport buyers to achieve their ambitious sustainability goals. We’re determined to continue driving our industry towards a sustainable future,” says Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks started manufacturing the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric in 2019. These are electric trucks intended for city distribution and refuse operations, primarily in Europe. In North America, sales of the Volvo VNR Electric, a truck for regional transport, will start on December 3, 2020.

A gradual transition to fossil-free alternatives
Electric vehicles for demanding and heavy long-haul operations will follow in this decade. These will be battery-electric and fuel cell electric trucks with a longer range. Volvo Trucks aims to start selling electric trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells in the second half of this decade. Volvo Trucks’ objective is for its entire product range to be fossil-free by 2040.

“To reduce the impact of transport on the climate, we need to make a swift transition from fossil fuels to alternatives such as electricity. But the conditions for making this shift, and consequently the pace of the transition, vary dramatically across different hauliers and markets, depending on many variables such as financial incentives, access to charging infrastructure and type of transport operations,” explains Roger Alm.

For this reason, most transport companies will change over to electric operation in stages. In practice, many of them will have a mixed fleet of trucks powered by different fuels during a transition period.

“Our chassis are designed to be independent of the driveline used. Our customers can choose to buy several Volvo trucks of the same model, with the only difference being that some are electric and others are powered by gas or diesel. As regards product characteristics, such as the driver’s environment, reliability and safety, all our vehicles meet the same high standards. Drivers should feel familiar with their vehicles and be able to operate them safely and efficiently regardless of the fuel used,” says Roger Alm.

From Volvo Trucks’ perspective, the transition to more sustainable transport is largely about making the shift as smooth as possible for haulage operators, so that they can begin to adjust. The solutions offered must be fossil-free and allow hauliers to achieve the necessary levels of profitability and productivity.

“Our primary task is to ease the transition to electrified vehicles. We’re doing this by offering holistic solutions that include route planning, correctly specified vehicles, charging equipment, financing and services. The long-term security that we and our global network of dealers and service workshops provide our customers with will be more important than ever,” says Roger Alm.

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Volvo FMX Celebrates 10th Anniversary

In 2010, Volvo Trucks introduced the Volvo FMX – a truck specifically developed for the demanding construction industry.

Its ability to cope with tough conditions has evolved over the years as a result of the introduction of many innovative features. After a decade in the mud, it has a solid reputation as one of the toughest construction trucks on the market.

Before the launch of the Volvo FMX, different variants of the Volvo FM and Volvo FH were used in the construction industry. In 2010 many years of feedback from customers led to the successful launch of a Volvo truck developed specifically for construction work.  

The Volvo FMX made its inroad into the Malaysian market in 2014. Since then it has been the top selling model not just in the construction segment, but also widely used in logging, mining and agriculture (CPO tanker) sector, to handle the tough operating conditions and demanding transport assignments. The Volvo FMX 6X4 is the most sought-after model after the Volvo FM series.

The robust modern exterior of the first Volvo FMX, which clearly showed the truck’s relationship with Volvo Construction Equipment machines, was an attractive feature. The functionality of the Volvo FMX included a strong towing eye, headlamp protection, new anti-slip steps and a handy ladder. With a three-piece steel bumper, corners made from 3-mm-thick steel, a solid crankcase protection plate and a protective bullbar, this was a sturdy construction truck.

Only three years after the introduction of the Volvo FMX, Volvo Trucks released a new version. The cab was modified and all the components in the front structure were redesigned. New air suspension gave an increased ground clearance of 300 mm. The towing eye could now tow up to 32 tons.

With  the immediate success of the Volvo FMX, so Volvo Trucks launched a new version as early as 2013. It was an even more robust solution for challenging construction environments. This is also the version that was introduced to the Malaysian market.

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