VOLVO TRUCKS ELECTRIFICATION STRATEGY
Commercial Vehicle|March 2021
Volvo Trucks is working on an electrification strategy that would include the strengthening of its existing e-trucks and new exciting launches.

Europe is no stranger to electric truck experiments. Every European CV major has invested substantial sums and resources for the cause. Much has been achieved in a way to alternate fuel strategy in terms of CO2 emission reduction. More needs to be achieved to attain a sustainable zero emissions goal as more and more trucks hit the roads in Europe with motors and battery packs onboard to complement urban delivery fleets and serve customers like big retail chains, municipalities among others. Aiming at a complete fossil-free product range by 2040, Volvo Trucks is pushing its e-truck range at various levels and in various continents. Pushing its e-truck portfolio and electrification strategy to encompass new application areas and possibilities, the Swedish CV major is expected to achieve good progress on the alternate fuel front this year. Said to be working on some ultimate game changing moves in the shift to zero-emission mobility, and to provide a sustainable goal for transport mobility against the backdrop of extreme climate events, it is known to work closely with its suppliers and other partners. The clear aim is claimed to be about reducing operating costs for customers and higher efficiencies for the end users.

Proving to be exciting animals, the current fleet of e-trucks from Volvo -- the e-FL, e-FE and the e-VNR, are showing the promise of being multiple times more efficient than their diesel counterparts at moving the same freight. The electric versions of Volvo FL and FE deployed in select European markets as seeding units are helping end users such as restaurants or stores to reduce inventory. According to Jonas Odermalm, Head, Product Strategy -- FL & FE trucks, Volvo, their quieter operation-ability is enabling them to operate at off-hours or in the middle of the night unlike diesel trucks that would be not allowed to operate. This would invariably help such businesses to save money. Roger Alm, President, Volvo Trucks, is of the opinion that Volvo’s work in the area of e-trucks is taking them closer to fulfilling their customers need for sustainability. It is aiding many transport operators working hard to reduce their environmental footprint and improving drivers’ working environment. Most of all, added Alm, our work in the area of e-trucks is paving way for quieter and cleaner transports.

VOLVO E-FL, E-FE AND E-VNR

Announcing its electrification efforts in 2019 with the e-FL and e-FE trucks in 2019, Volvo has gained good ground until the start of 2021. Upon an amount of research at the fleet and end customer level in Europe, Volvo Trucks saw an opportunity to provide solutions to some unique challenges with its trucks. Challenges like daytime delivery hiccups, which called for the end customers to invest in higher inventory. With e-truck for urban regions, the end customers could save the need to have double amounts of all ingredients in the store. They could hope for shipment in time. They could hope to be more efficient and address their fear of losing out on their clients.

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