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Sime Darby Auto Selection Launches Extended Warranty Program

Sime Darby Auto Selection

Sime Darby Auto Selection (SDAS), Malaysia’s fastest-growing corporate multi-brand used car dealer under Sime Darby Motors, is introducing an Extended Warranty Program for pre-owned cars in collaboration with Guard My Ride (GMR) and RHB Insurance.

The new Extended Warranty Program, offers pre-owned vehicle owners peace of mind with  comprehensive warranty coverage as well as repair and service for the following:

  • Engine system
  • Rare/Front Axle
  • Electronic system
  • Transmission oil leaks
  • Steering system
  • Turbo system
  • Braking system
  • Air conditioning system
  • Cooling system
  • Ignition system
  • Fuel system
  • Transmission system

The programme also offers complimentary towing service to nationwide panel workshops for repair and servicing, insurance coverage and insurance underwriting.

Requirements

Vehicles with mileage of under 140,000 km and less than 8 years are eligible for the programme which is priced between RM2,200 and RM6,900 per year depending on the vehicle age and type. The Extended Warranty Program can be purchased at SDAS Glenmarie showroom and is also open to customers who purchase pre-owned vehicles from SDAS.

SDAS service centre

SDAS Managing Director Vi Thim Juan said the company aims to be a one-stop-centre for customers in the pre-owned vehicle market, catering to all their needs which include retail of good quality and thoroughly checked multi-brand pre-owned vehicles, service and repairs, as well as its latest Extended Warranty Program.

“SDAS strives to keep innovating our offerings in anticipation of customers’ needs, and hopefully exceed the demand of our customers. We aim to set ourselves apart from the competition and we are determined to only offer quality products and services that are akin to the 3S centres,” said Vi.

On the collaboration with its partners GMR and RHB insurance, GMR will be the service provider for all the extended warranty claims, towing service and repair work while RHB insurance is the motor insurance and insurance underwriter provider.

From one brand to many

Sime Darby Auto Selection recently expanded its offerings from being a certified BMW Premium Selection dealer to a nationwide multi-brand dealer with several locations in Klang Valley and Johor Bahru today. It is a unit under Sime Darby Motors, one of Asia Pacific’s leading automotive groups actively involved in all facets of the automotive business – from importation and assembly to distribution, retail and rental.

Guard My Ride provides a comprehensive extended warranty service backed by RHB insurance for used and recond car owners, with a definitive focus on being transparent to their customers throughout the whole claims process – on top of having a fast turnaround rate.

Their current partnerships include MyTukar, Evo Malaysia and Sime Darby Auto Selection. Guard My Ride also puts a lot of emphasis on the appointment of panel workshops that aims to provide an excellent standard of car servicing and maintenance quality.

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Sime Darby Motors City is Officially Open for Business

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Sime Darby Motors clocked another milestone with the official launch of its automotive facility, Sime Darby Motors City in Ara Damansara earlier this week.

Touted as the largest automotive complex in Southeast Asia, Sime Darby Motors City spans across 8.6 acres with an overall built-up area of 1.3 million square feet over eight levels.

Six brands under one roof

The complex houses six flagship centres featuring ten flagship brands represented by Sime Darby Motors in Malaysia, namely BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI, Motorrad, Porsche and Volvo. It also has an indoor facility capable of housing close to 100 vehicles under Sime Darby Motors’ pre-owned car business Sime Darby Auto Selection.

Integrated with the latest technologies to enrich the overall customer experience at every touch point, the facility boasts almost 200 service bays, approximately 700 customer parking and electric vehicle (EV) charging bays and the capacity to display more than 180 vehicles.  

Supporting the facility are approximately 60 Auto Bavaria technicians for BMW, MINI and Motorrad and over 110 certified technicians. This includes technicians who hold the highest level of certification by the principal brands, including the Zertifizierter Porsche Techniker Gold Certification which is streamlined for Porsche technicians worldwide. Brands like Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar and Land Rover also have certifications with the highest being trained as Master Technicians.

Fully digital infrastructure

At the heart of the facility’s digital infrastructure is its Vehicle Tracking Management system which utilises a camera-based parking guide and customisable signages to ensure a higher level of guidance, security and convenience for the customer.

It also allows for quicker collection of vehicles upon completion of service. Internally, the facility’s digitalised infrastructure communicates the status of each vehicle in real-time, ensuring greater efficiencies are achieved.

IoT-powered Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras have also been installed, as part of a contactless self-check-in system, which enables customers’ appointment data to be accessed, upon their arrival.

Concurrently, a service advisor will be alerted and automatically assigned to the customer, allowing for a seamless experience. The deployment of these technologies will be rolled out progressively throughout Sime Darby Motors City.

Once in the showroom, customers can opt for a contactless self-check-in which utilises a QR code system. This will allow customers to be placed immediately in the queue without having to wait to be attended to, allowing for a fuss-free service experience. The introduction of this check-in system will be introduced across all brands at Sime Darby Motors City.

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To support these enhancements to the after-sales experience, Sime Darby Motors has also digitalised the business for its sales representatives. This includes the introduction of a mobile application, which has enabled sales representatives to be connected anytime and anywhere with real-time data to better serve customers. With the mobile application, they can now populate and print application forms wirelessly, minimising steps in the administrative process and reducing customers’ waiting time.

Collaborations

Sime Darby Motors City also welcomes partners from our mobility collaborations; SOCAR, Malaysia’s leading car-sharing network and myTukar, Malaysia’s fastest growing online used car trading platform. The complex will have designated parking bays for SOCAR vehicles – ideal for customers dropping off their vehicles for service, and will be a showcase centre for myTukar trade-in vehicles, in collaboration with Sime Darby Auto Selection.

Sime Darby Motors City

The facility is equipped with specialised EV-certified technicians and designated areas for EV charging, storage and repairs as well, which are currently available at Auto Bavaria, Auto Hyundai, Auto Performance and Swedish Auto.

And then we have Sime Darby Auto Performance which houses a high speed EV charging station that is capable of delivering a maximum of 175 kW, able to provide a near-full charge within 36 minutes, which is at least eight times faster than the fastest Alternating Current (AC) charger available at 22 kW.

The complex is a Green Building Index (GBI) certified facility built with sustainability in mind and incorporates technologies to cultivate a paperless organisational culture.

Grand Launch Weekend

To commemorate the launch, Sime Darby Motors City will be organising a “Grand Launch Weekend” with attractive deals across the six flagship stores between 16 and 18 April 2021. Interested customers are advised to make an appointment, in adherence with the government’s COVID-19 standard operating procedures on crowd control and physical distancing.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 Arrives – CKD, RM242k

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Volvo Car Malaysia officially launched the brand-new Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design today, making it the first and only automotive brand in Malaysia to offer a full range of Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) all assembled in Malaysia.

Priced at RM255,888, the XC40 Recharge T5 is now reduced to RM241,997.04 after sales tax exemption (on-the-road, without insurance) and will be available for viewing at all authorised Volvo dealers nationwide starting today.

Powertrain

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Built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform , the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 comes with Volvo’s first-ever 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine Drive-E powertrain, with an electric motor mounted to its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to drive the front wheels.

The Recharge T5 powertrain has a combined output of 262 hp and 425 Nm of torque, while 160 Nm of torque and a maximum power of 82 hp is generated from the electric motor to give a boost of instantaneous acceleration.

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Together with the petrol engine, the XC40 Recharge T5 reaches 100km/h in 7.3 seconds and comes with its speed capped at 180km/h following the company’s announcement in March 2020.

Assembled in Malaysia, the XC40 Recharge T5 comes equipped with the same award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technology expected of a modern Volvo within its sporting edge design.

Features

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Some of the technology included in the XC40 Recharge T5 are safety and driver assistance features such as the Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support.

The XC40 Recharge T5 offers five different drive modes for a more dynamic driving experience: Hybrid (default), Pure, Off-road, Power and Individual.

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In terms of the design, the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 is near identical to the other XC40 variant, with the most obvious difference being the charging lid.

Additionally, the storage areas in the cabin have been designed to provide drivers with more functional storage space in the doors, including retractable hooks for hanging items.

Book it online

That being said, the new Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 R-Design is available for online booking through Volvo Car Malaysia’s website as a safer alternative and in adherence to the government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs). The government recently extended its sales tax exemption for all vehicle purchases till 30 June 2021.

Customers will have the option to choose from among five distinct colours – Blackstone, Crystal White Pearl, Bursting Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic and Coral Red Metallic.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 is Coming to Malaysia

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Volvo Car Malaysia has officially invited the whole world to witness the arrival of the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 plug-in hybrid SUV on Malaysian shores on the 25th of February, on VCM’s official Facebook page.

The T5 Twin Engine marries Volvo’s efficient new 1.5-litre three-cylinder 180hp petrol engine with an 82hp electric motor. The T5 Twin Engine is not only the first hybrid powertrain in the XC40, it is also the first to be engineered for use in Volvo’s CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform.

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Powertrain

It is front-wheel driven, in contrast to the established T8 Twin Engine (390hp) powertrain deployed in larger models built on the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, which has all-wheel-drive capability. The powertrain’s efficiency and performance are supported by a new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission, featured for the first time in a new-generation Volvo model.

The XC40 T5 Twin Engine models come with a recharging outlet on the nearside front wing. A 4.5m cable with a three-pin plug is provided as standard. Charging via the fast-charge cable will completely recharge the car’s high-voltage battery in as little as 2.5 hours. Fully charging via the three-pin plug cable takes between 3.5 and 6 hours.

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Displaying cool, clean, contemporary lines, The XC40 Recharge T5, like its petrol-powered sibling, blends Scandinavian style with all the desirability and dynamism customers seek from a compact SUV. An impressive haul of industry awards has been matched by public enthusiasm for the car, which has quickly become the best seller in Volvo’s product range.

Generous equipment levels across the board major on seamless on-board connectivity, advanced comfort and convenience features, and cutting-edge safety aids.

Features

Among the key features offered in the plug-in hybrid SUV include various driving modes (Pure electric, Hybrid, and Power), interior carpeting made of recycled plastic, a beautifully crafted gear shifter in genuine Swedish crystal handmade exclusively for Volvo by the glass artisans at Orrefors, and generous dose of storage compartments to name a few.

While Volvo has decided to call all of its electrified models “Recharge”, there are actually different versions of the electrified XC40. The XC40 Recharge T5 which we will be getting here is actually a plug-in hybrid, similar to the one offered in Thailand, and not the full electric engine-less and grille-less Recharge variant that is offered in more developed parts of the world.

That being said, more details of the XC40 Recharge T5 will be unveiled during its launch next week, so watch this space for more updates.

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New Volvo Trucks to Feature Amazon Alexa

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The new Volvo FH, Volvo FH16, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX will be the first commercial heavy-duty trucks to come with Alexa built-in. The trucks with Alexa will be available from March 2021 in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In September 2020, Volvo Trucks started sales of four new trucks that had been developed with a strong focus on the driver environment, safety and productivity. The trucks have a new, flexible user interface with a digital instrument panel that gives the driver relevant information in each situation and makes it easier for drivers to take the right decisions.

“We have developed Volvo characteristics, including ergonomics, comfort and safety, and combined them with innovative technology, such as Alexa, to create an even more attractive and productive driver environment,” says Samuel Nerdal, Product Manager for electronics and electrical solutions at Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks Amazon Alexa

With Alexa drivers can keep their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road. If the new truck is equipped with the navigation software that is available from Volvo Trucks, then the driver can ask Alexa which route to take. In addition, Alexa can help the driver make phone calls to customers and family members, play music and access the news and audiobooks.

“Volvo Trucks understands that voice technology is essential to create the optimal experience for drivers of their heavy-duty trucks and we’re excited that Alexa is the chosen voice service to deliver this,” said Ned Curic, Vice President, Alexa Automotive. “Alexa can be a helpful friend on the road for Volvo truck drivers, keeping them connected, entertained and productive.” 

What is Amazon Alexa?

Amazon Alexa, also known simply as Alexa, is a virtual assistant AI technology which was developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo smart speakers developed by Amazon Lab126.

It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.

Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. Users are able to extend the Alexa capabilities by installing “skills” (additional functionality developed by third-party vendors, in other settings more commonly called apps) such as weather programs and audio features.

Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Alexa or Amazon); other devices require the user to push a button to activate Alexa’s listening mode, although, some phones also allow a user to say a command, such as “Alexa” or “Alexa wake”.

Volvo Trucks Amazon Alexa

Currently, interaction and communication with Alexa are available only in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Hindi.In Canada, Alexa is available in English and French.

As of November 2018, Amazon had more than 10,000 employees working on Alexa and related products. In January 2019, Amazon’s devices team announced that they had sold over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices.

In September 2019, Amazon launched many new devices achieving many records while competing with the world’s smart home industry. The new Echo Studio became the first smart speaker with 360 sound and Dolby sound.

Other new devices included an Echo dot with a clock behind the fabric, a new third-generation Amazon Echo, Echo Show 8, a plug-in Echo device, Echo Flex, Alexa built-in wireless earphones, Echo buds, Alexa built-in spectacles, Echo frames, an Alexa built-in Ring, and Echo Loop.

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Demand for Electrified Volvos Surge Despite Pandemic

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns, car sales coming to a halt in many parts of the world, Volvo still managed to sell a decent number of cars in 2020. In fact, the Swedish carmaker reported that it recorded the strongest second-half sales numbers in the company’s history in 2020.

After a brief shutdown during the first half of 2020, Volvo was quick to restart production in the second half, as there was fast-growing demand for its Recharge line-up of chargeable cars like the Volvo XC40 Recharge among others.

The share of Recharge models, with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain, more than doubled in 2020 compared to 2019. In Europe, the share of Recharge cars of overall sales was 29 per cent, making Volvo the leading brand in the region for chargeable cars. It was also a leading plug-in hybrid brand in the US.

In China and the United States, its two largest individual markets, the company reported growing sales for the full year as it managed to more than recover a pandemic-related sales drop in the first half during the second half of the year.

“We had a great second half of the year after a tough start, gaining market share in all our main sales regions,” said Lex Kerssemakers, head of Global Commercial Operations. “We aim to build on this positive trend in 2021 as we continue to roll out new electrified Volvos and expand our online business.”

While sales dropped by 21 per cent in the first half, the company resumed its growth trajectory of recent years in the second half of 2020, reporting solid month on month growth from June onwards. Sales rose by 7.4 per cent to 391,751 cars in the second half compared to the same period in 2019.

Globally, Volvo Cars sold 661,713 cars in 2020, a decline of 6.2 per cent compared to 2019. Although final numbers for the full year are yet to be confirmed, the company outperformed its competitors and gained market share in all its main sales regions during the first eleven months of the year.

Sales rose by 7.5 per cent in China in 2020, to 166,617 cars, compared to 2019. In the US, the company sold 110,129 cars, a 1.8 per cent increase compared to the year before. In both markets, strong demand for the company’s award-winning SUV line-up was responsible for the majority of sales volumes.

In Europe, Volvo Cars saw strong demand for its Recharge cars in many key markets. A sluggish overall market, held down by pandemic-related restrictions, meant that overall sales fell by 15.5 per cent for the whole year.

The pandemic also accelerated the company’s move towards online sales, which will continue to be a focus area in 2021. In 2020, Volvo Cars more than doubled its number of subscriptions sold online versus 2019. Conquest rates via this channel continued to be high, supporting the increase in market share.

By 2025, Volvo aims for its global sales to consist of 50 per cent fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. It is currently the only car maker to offer a plug-in hybrid variant on every model in its portfolio.

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Sime Darby Motors, SpareXhub Launch Digital Platform Selling Parts

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If you happen to own a vehicle from a brand under Sime Darby Motors Malaysia, and it is no longer under warranty, finding genuine parts a competitive price will no longer be an issue. Here’s why…

Sime Darby Motors Malaysia (SDM Malaysia) has teamed up with SpareXhub, in its ongoing efforts to further digitalize the customer experience to offer vehicle owners an additional avenue to purchase genuine automotive spare parts at highly competitive prices.

“This collaboration is a good example of how we consistently innovate and leverage on technology partners to enhance the customer journey, especially in the face of the current pandemic limiting in-person experience.

It is also in line with our digital transformation plan to have end-to-end digital solutions by allowing contactless orders, payment and delivery, for an improved customer experience.

Car owners, especially those without manufacturers’ warranties, can now have peace of mind when purchasing genuine spare parts from SpareXhub in a market that is flooded with original equipment manufacturer (OEM), aftermarket and used parts,” said Managing Director of SDM Malaysia’s Retail and Distribution arm, Jeffrey Gan.

“The digital transformation in the automotive industry is certainly opening up new opportunities for us.  This collaboration will not only expand our digital outreach to customers with selected post warranty models, it will also cater to stockists and independent workshops who register on the online store at www.sparexhub.com,” he added.

The collaboration with SpareXhub, a genuine spare parts e-commerce platform owned by ACS Pentas (Asia) Sdn Bhd gives customers the ability to source, order and purchase original automotive spare parts of their preferred brands via a one-stop contactless platform from the comfort of their home or office, and at unbeatable prices.  

Besides the benefit to customers, SDM Malaysia stands to gain operational efficiency by freeing up warehouse space and better management of parts inventory by increasing stock turnover and reducing obsolescence.

Brands that are under Sime Darby Motors Malaysia at the moment include BMW (Auto Bavaria), Volvo (Swedish Auto), Jaguar, Land Rover, Hyundai, as well as Porsche.

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Konsortium PD Expands Fleet with 10 New Volvo Trucks

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Volvo Trucks Malaysia recently handed over 10 brand new Volvo trucks to Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd.

The 10 trucks are part of a delivery order which comprises a total of 31 units of Volvo FM370 and FM440 heavy duty trucks, which are expected to be delivered to Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd in stages from 2020 to 2021.

Having established a large fleet over the past two decades, Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd mainly operates in Port Dickson, Westport, Puchong, Kapar, Kempas in Johor, and HICOM industrial area in Shah Alam.

Their operation covers and extends services to the majority of all Oil and Gas corporations in the country. The recent addition of Petron Malaysia to the service of their fleet further consolidates their leadership position in their Malaysian roadmap ambition.

Today, Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd has emerged as one of the best haulage companies in the region built on the reputation based on their highest standards of safety and operational excellence garnering acknowledgement from many industry peers and dominant players.

Volvo Trucks Malaysia has been a partner with Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd since 2015, and besides just selling trucks, Volvo Trucks also offered a Driver Development Programme as an essential value added service to train the ‘captains’ (experienced truck drivers) of Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd.

With the combined experience and expertise in the Oil & Gas industry in Malaysia, Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd continues to further cement their position as one of the leading providers of total customer solutions in the energy sector and related businesses.

There is no doubt Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd will continue its dedication and passion about their vision to expand their business to a greater height and Volvo Trucks is here to stay and ride a joint ambition for dominance together into the future. Together, the future is a win-win partnership for all. 

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Volvo Drops 10 New Cars from 30 Metres Height in the Name of Safety

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When someone asks us to think of a safe car, the image we have in our minds is most probably a Volvo, thanks to all of the brand’s inventions and initiatives along the way, but that doesn’t mean that other cars are not safe.

However, the reason Volvo always stays ahead of the game when it comes to safety is because the company always goes the extra mile in order to keep things safe, like what it has done now with a crane and 10 of its new models.

In an effort to allow rescue services to prepare for any possible crash scenarios beyond what can be simulated with ordinary crash testing, Volvo dropped several new Volvos multiple times from a crane, from a height of 30 metres.

This approach helped create enough damage to adequately simulate the damage found in the most extreme crash scenarios (high speed accidents, severe side impact etc).

What happens in these situations is that people inside the car are likely to be in a critical condition. So, the priority is to get people out of the car and to a hospital as quickly as possible, using hydraulic rescue tools known in the industry as ‘jaws of life’.

In fact, extrication specialists often talk about the golden hour where they need to release and get a patient to the hospital within one hour after the accident has happened.

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Volvo Cars drops new cars from 30 metres to help rescue services save lives

So, what Volvo did was basically present such scenarios to the rescue services so they could not only train, but also to work on further improvising extrication work in the future.

It was said that all findings from the training here and the resulting extrication work will be collected in an extensive research report, which will be made available free of use to rescue workers elsewhere, allowing them to benefit from the findings and further develop their life-saving capabilities.

A total of ten Volvos, of different models, were dropped from the crane several times. Before the drop, Volvo Cars safety engineers made exact calculations about how much pressure and force each car needed to be exposed to, in order to reach the desired level of damage.

“We have been working closely together with the Swedish rescue services for many years,” says Hakan Gustafson, a senior investigator with the Volvo Cars Traffic Accident Research Team.

“Normally we only crash cars in the laboratory, but this was the first time we dropped them from a crane,” says Håkan Gustafson. “We knew we would see extreme deformations after the test, and we did this to give the rescue team a real challenge to work with.”

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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.

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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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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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