Volvo Trucks announced the sales start of three new heavy electric trucks. The three new models are FH, FM and FMX. The tractor models of the three are on sale now. The company will release rigid versions for sale in the fourth quarter of 2022. Volvo will produce the electric trucks in the carbon-neutral Tuve plant in Gothenburg.
With the addition of the three new models, Volvo Trucks has a total of six electric trucks. Volvo Trucks also plans to have half of its model range to be electric by 2030.
Volvo FH Electric, FM Electric and FMX Electric
The truck company says the FH Electric and FM Electric are versatile electric haulers for local transport duties. On the other hand, the FMX Electric model is more off-road focused. Hence, owners can use the FMX Electric in a wider range of applications. The FMX Electric’s primary aim is to cater to the construction industry.
The three models have battery capacities ranging from 180 kWh to 540 kWh with 2 to 6 batteries. They even share the continuous power output, which is 450 HP to 666 HP. Additionally, all three have a gross weight of up to 44 tonnes. The driveline gets 2 or 3 electric motors with an I-Shift gearbox.
However, the battery range for the three differs. The FH Electric gets up to 300 km of range and the FM Electric up to 380 km. While the FMX Electric has a range of up to 320 km.
Volvo Trucks in Europe
According to statistics, in 2021, Volvo Trucks was the market leader when it came to heavy-duty all-electric trucks. The company also had a market share of 42 per cent. In 2021, the company also took orders, including letters of intent to buy more than 1,100 electric trucks worldwide. The demand shows the international trucking industry is changing. Sales of heavy battery-electric trucks are starting to increase, especially in Europe.