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Breakthrough: Volvo Trucks starts series production of heavy electric trucks to meet increased demand

Volvo Trucks is now the first global truck manufacturer to start series production of their heavy electric trucks. This means that the electric versions of the company’s heavy-duty trucks will be produced on the same assembly line as its conventional trucks so that more electric trucks can be built faster. The new trucks will at first be sold in Europe, and later expand to Asia, Australia, and Latin America. This initiative is a step towards meeting the increased demand for electric trucks that Volvo Trucks expect to see in the coming years. “We have sold around 1,000 units of our heavy electric trucks and more than 2,600 of our electric trucks in total. We expect volumes to increase significantly in the next few years. By 2030, at least 50 percent of the trucks we sell globally should be electric,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks. One force behind this rapid increase in demand is the need for transport buyers to shift to fossil-free transports in order to meet their sustainability goals. In the EU, current emission targets state that emissions from heavy-duty vehicles need to go down by 30% by 2030*, a target that is expected to become even stricter following the new EU targets of 55% emission reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. Volvo Trucks’ electric portfolio contains trucks that can operate with a total weight of 44 tonnes and go 300 km without charging, a combination that could cover around 45% of the transport of all goods in Europe today**. The current electric line-up of six truck models covers a wide range of applications such as city distribution and refuse handling, regional transport, and construction work. The first set of 20 heavy electric trucks from the series production is already ordered by Amazon in Germany and will be delivered by the end of this year. Expected to replace diesel trucks for more than 1 million kilometers of road transport per year, these trucks play a key role in electrifying transportation chains. “Welcoming these electric heavy goods vehicles from Volvo into our fleet is such a critical milestone.”, said Andreas Marschner, Vice President Transportation Services Europe at Amazon. Read the full press release: https://www.volvogroup.com/en/news-and-media/news/2022/sep/news-4351239.html Read about the order of electric trucks from Amazon: https://www.volvotrucks.com/en-en/news-stories/press-releases/2022/oct/volvo-will-supply-20-heavy-duty-electric-trucks-to-amazon.html *https://climate.ec.europa.eu/eu-action/transport-emissions/road-transport-reducing-co2-emissions-vehicles/reducing-co2-emissions-heavy-duty-vehicles_en **According to Eurostat statistics “Road Freight Transport by distance” (2018), 45% of all goods transported on road in Europe travel a distance of less than 300 km.

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  • Tabitha Kimani

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    Anice. Volvo is leading in transitioning to clean energy.

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    • Ingmar Rentzhog

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      Finaly: Heavy Trucks going electric. Great work Volvo!

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      • Sarah Chabane

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        Good progress!

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        • Markus Lutteman

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          Great news!

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