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Volvo Trucks launches electric FH, FM and FMX: up to 300km range possible


ELECTRIC mobility remains firmly in the spotlight around the world, extending its reach to the backbone of commercial activity, the trucking sector. Volvo Trucks is launching a complete range of all-electric trucks (first in Europe) and the models seem surprising­ly capable, according to the statistics provided by the manufactur­er. The company believes the time is right for a rapid upswing in electrific­ation of heavy road transport.

This positive outlook is based on the ability of Volvo’s electric trucks to meet a broad variety of transport needs. This is being driven by their own ambitious climate goals, as well as consumers demand for de-carbonisat­ion and cleaner transports.

“More and more transport companies are realising they need to start their electrific­ation journey right now, both with the environmen­t in mind and for competitiv­e reasons to satisfy customer requiremen­ts for sustainabl­e shipping,” says Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks.

No electric models are being made available in South Africa just yet. Volvo Trucks South Africa is, however, testing two LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) models locally and will explore the feasibilit­y of electric trucks for the local market going forward.

In addition to the launch of the FH and FM in electric form, a new electric Volvo FMX makes its debut. Volvo Trucks believes this truck creates new ways to make constructi­on transport operations both quieter and cleaner.

Production of the new electric models for Europe will start in the second half of next year.

They join the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric for urban transports that have been in serial production since 2019 for the same market.

In North America, sales of the Volvo VNR Electric started in December 2020. With the sales start of the new truck models, Volvo Trucks now has a line-up of six electric trucks, which makes it the most complete commercial electric truck range in the

 ??  ?? PLUGGING IN: 2021 Volvo FH heavy truck being charged using DC charger.
PLUGGING IN: 2021 Volvo FH heavy truck being charged using DC charger.

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