Volvo spruiks European electric FM truck order century
Deal to count as Volvo’s largest electric delivery to date
Volvo electric FM
Volvo Trucks has marked a global record single electric fleet order spanning 100 FM trucks. The request came from Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (DFDS), a Danish international shipping and logistics company. The deal is the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks, and one of the largest ever for heavy electric trucks worldwide, continuing the direction truck manufacturers are taking in response to consumer demand for ‘greener’ trucks.
“This is a major milestone in our commitment to fossil-free transportation and I am very proud of the partnership we have with DFDS,” Volvo Trucks president Roger Alm said. “Together we are showing the world that electrified heavy truck transport is a viable solution already today. “I believe this will encourage many more customers to confidently take the first step in their own electrification journey,”
First deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2022 and continue throughout 2023. The trucks will be used for both short and long transport in the DFDS logistics system in Europe. “At DFDS, we’re determined to play our part in reducing CO2 emissions and creating a sustainable supply chain,” DFDS executive vice president and head of logistics division Niklas Andersson said.
“We know how important electrification is in the journey to reach our CO2 targets, and I hope we can inspire others as we move forward in this vital transition.” The FM Electric can carry a weight of 44 tonnes gross combination weight and has a range of up to 300 kilometres.
With a top-up charging session during a break, the distance can be extended. The vehicles can be charged both via overnight depot charging (each truck comes with an AC charger) and via high power charging on route (DC charging). The electrification trend in the heavy truck market is accelerating, Volvo noted.
In Europe, a few hundred trucks above 16 tonnes have been registered so far this year, with about 40 per cent of those Volvo. “Our clear aim is to drive the electric truck transformation and our market-leading position shows that we are definitely on the right track,” Alm added. “Our target for 2030 is that half of our global truck deliveries will be electric.
“We are pleased to see that growing interest among our customers is starting to be reflected in firm orders, not least by this impressive order from DFDS. Volvo’s product range now includes six electric truck models – the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, Volvo FMX, Volvo FE, Volvo FL and the Volvo VNR, sold in North America.
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