Volvo Trucks North America announced the commercial introduction and sales start of its zero tailpipe emission, battery-electric vehicle to the North American market. The Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric truck model has a scheduled production start of early 2021.
The Volvo VNR Electric offers the same agility and visibility as the Volvo VNR regional-haul model, so drivers benefit from a fast learning curve, ease of operation and service, and a seamless transition from miles per gallon to kilowatt hours per mile, the company says. In the Volvo VNR Electric, drivers are provided with a human-machine interface, operation, and design.
The safety criteria and features found in the Volvo VNR model are retained in the Volvo VNR Electric model. The construction of the battery support carrier system was also designed with these same safety standards in mind. The VNR Electric features the same active safety systems as the VNR model. In addition, the specifically designed location of the batteries on the side of the vehicle as well as the air compressor under the driver door enhance serviceability.
The Volvo VNR Electric is designed for customer applications and driving cycles with local and regional distribution ranges, including food and beverage and pick-up and delivery routes. The 264-kWh lithium-ion batteries, which charge up to 80 percent in 70 minutes, have an operating range of up to 150 miles based on the truck’s configuration. Advanced battery chemistries deliver increased power at reduced costs, while self-learning controls optimize energy usage. Regenerative braking can increase range by returning power up to 15 percent back into the battery, depending on the duty cycle.
The electric driveline is a fully integrated, Volvo proprietary solution, rated at 455 horsepower and generating up to 4,051 lb.-ft. of torque. The Volvo VNR Electric features a two-speed Volvo I-Shift transmission that delivers smooth and efficient acceleration with excellent startability and low-speed maneuverability. Models are offered in three configurations:
- Single-axle straight truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of 33,200 lbs.
- Two tractor configurations – 4x2 with a 66,000-lb. gross combination weight rating (GCWR) and 6x2 with an up-to 82,000-lb. GCWR in specific applications.
With the launch of the Volvo VNR Electric, Volvo Trucks North America is providing customers with a range of operational solutions. A premier Volvo Gold Contract includes scheduled and preventative maintenance, towing and vehicle repair which includes the lithium-ion batteries and complete electromobility system.