Volvo Trucks said it would begin production of its VNR Electric heavy truck in early 2021 at its plant in Dublin, Virginia.
“Volvo Trucks is committed to lead the commercial transport industry towards more sustainable solutions by advancing electromobility,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America, in a prepared statement. “We will continue to invest in and drive the development of this technology, both globally and right here in North America. We are excited to bring the Volvo VNR Electric to the market in just a few weeks.”
Volvo Trucks also said it will offer a complete range of electric heavy trucks in Europe in 2021, and that during this decade this will be followed by the development of electric vehicles for heavy long-haul operations, including battery-electric and fuel-cell electric trucks with a longer range.
Volvo produced a promo video, below.
Volvo Trucks plans to start selling electric trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells in the second half of this decade, and the objective is to have a fossil-free product range by 2040.
“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,” said Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks Corp., in a statement. We’re determined to continue driving our industry toward a sustainable future.”
“As part of the very successful Volvo LIGHTS project, which we started in 2019 in Southern California in collaboration with 14 other pioneering organizations, we validated the viability and reliability of the Volvo VNR Electric in real-world operations and proved what it takes to create a holistic, end-to-end electromobility solution to drive true sustainability in the trucking industry,” said Voorhoeve. “We are fully confident in bringing this new technology to the commercial market.”
Source: Volvo Trucks North America