Volvo Trucks reports progress in the adoption of electric trucks in Europe and North America, including a record order in Europe and the opening of a new electromobility showcase in America.
The order for 100 FM electric trucks is the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks and one of the largest ever for heavy electric trucks worldwide. The order came from DFDS, the largest transport and logistics company in Northern Europe.
The first deliveries of Volvo FM Electric to DFDS will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 and will continue through 2023. The trucks will be used for short and long haul transport in DFDS ‘logistics system in Europe.
“At DFDS, we are determined to play our role in reducing CO emissions2 emissions and create a sustainable supply chain, ”said Niklas Andersson, Head of Logistics at DFDS. “We know how important electrification is in the journey to reach our CO2 targets, and I hope we can inspire others as we move forward in this vital transition.
The FM Electric can carry a weight of 44 tonnes (combined gross weight) and has a range of up to 300 km. Vehicles can be recharged both via overnight depot (each truck comes with an AC charger) and via high power on-road charging (DC charging). DFDS chose a financing solution provided by Volvo Financial Services.
“This is an important step in our commitment to fossil fuel-free transport, and I am very proud of the partnership we have with DFDS,” said Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks, in a press release. . “Together, we are showing the world that electrified heavy truck transportation is already a viable solution today. I think this will encourage many more customers to confidently take the first step on their own electrification journey. “
Growing adoption of electric trucks
Volvo has noted that the trend towards electrification in the heavy-duty market is accelerating.
In Europe, a few hundred trucks over 16 tonnes have been registered so far this year. Of these, around 40% are Volvo electric trucks.
Volvo’s 2030 target is for half of its global truck deliveries to be electric. “We are delighted to see that the growing interest from our customers is starting to translate into firm orders, including this impressive order from DFDS,” Alm said.
Volvo Trucks began mass production of electric trucks in 2019, one of the first truck brands to do so. The product line now includes six electric truck models – the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, Volvo FMX, Volvo FE, Volvo FL – and in North America, the Volvo VNR Electric.
Volvo Trucks North America made several announcements regarding the adoption of American fleets at the recent Alternative Clean Transportation exhibition, although none were as impressive as the DFDS 100 trucks.
- NFI, as part of a project to deploy 100 electric trucks in California, will take delivery of 30 Volvo VNR Electrics
- Performance Team, A Maersk Company, a warehousing and distribution company, has placed an order for 16 Volvo VNR Electric trucks. The acquisition is part of Maersk’s social and environmental governance (ESG) strategy to decarbonize logistics. The El Segundo, California-based company operates a North American warehousing and distribution network of 45 locations and a fleet of 215 trucks.
- Dependable Highway Express (DHE), SunPower Corp. and Kuehne + Nagel announced a sustainable freight initiative to transport solar PV products using solar powered Volvo VNR electric trucks. The trucks will travel the warehouse distribution routes for SunPower from its facility in Ontario, California, where they are recharged daily by 100% renewable electricity produced by on-site solar panels.
- And, VTNA has announced that by the end of the year, it will be using the Volvo VNR Electric on local logistics routes serving the company’s truck assembly operations in the New River Valley in Dublin, Virginia. In collaboration with local suppliers and hauliers, Volvo Trucks will deploy three VNR electric trucks to transport incoming parts and components to the factory on a daily basis.
Volvo Trucks North America recently celebrated the opening of its new electromobility showcase at its Customer Experience Center in Dublin, Virginia. The facility offers customers the opportunity to try out the Volvo VNR Electric model on a 1.1 mile closed track. The 36,000 square foot facility includes new Volvo VNR Electric component displays, training and a fully operational charging infrastructure.
Volvo Trucks’ team of on-site specialists will be able to answer questions relating to:
- Volvo VNR electric vehicle specifications including range
- Special financing and insurance solutions
- Volvo Gold Contract service and support with Volvo VNR Electric
- Infrastructure best practices, including installation partners, hardware and software options, and planned project timelines.
The Volvo Trucks Customer Experience Center is located next to Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley manufacturing plant, where the Volvo VNR Electric is assembled.