First Volvo Electric Trucks Delivered in Germany and Sweden

February 20, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Volvo Trucks has delivered its first all-electric vehicles in Europe, a precursor to developing heavy-duty electric trucks for a pilot program in California later this year.

The Volvo FE refuse truck went to waste and recycling company Renova in Hamburg, Germany. DB Schenker, a logistics company in Sweden, took delivery of an FL electric distribution truck.

More Volvo electric trucks are scheduled to be delivered to European customers in the second half of 2019. Its global production goal is 25,000 battery-powered models by 2025, according to Mangus Koeck, vice president of marketing and brand management for the company’s North American division.

The trucks will meet customer requirements for performance, driving distances, cargo handling and vehicle use, said Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks.

Training, test drives first

Test drives and operator training preceded the deliveries, Volvo said.

In tests, drivers liked the fast and seamless acceleration and the low noise level, Alm said.

The company also is working to address infrastructure issues that come with electric trucks.

Volvo Group’s venture capital arm invested in Momentum Dynamics in January. Momentum builds wireless chargers for electric buses.

Coming to California

Volvo North America said in December it would refit its popular VNR model for full electric operation using electric powertrain components from its Volvo AB parent. It will continue to sell the VNR as a diesel-powered model.

Volvo will deploy 23 heavy-duty battery-electric trucks in 2019 and 2020 in California. The cities include Ontario, Chino, Fontana and Placentia. Volvo is managing a $44.8 million grant from the California Air Resources Board to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. That group oversees air quality in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Competitor Plans

Daimler Trucks North America has begun testing the first of 20 fully electric heavy- and medium-duty Freightliner e-Cascadia models. It delivered the first M2 electric medium-duty truck to Penske Truck Leasing in December.

The Kenworth unit of Paccar Inc. is providing 10 trucks to Toyota for retrofitting to hydrogen-powered fuel cell-electric operation.

Tesla and Los Angeles-based startup Thor Trucks both plan production trials of heavy-duty electric trucks this year.

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