An order for 100 Volvo FM Electric trucks has been placed by shipping and logistics company, DFDS.

The deal represents the biggest of its kind for the Volvo.

In addition, the order is one of the largest for heavy-duty trucks electric trucks.

The fleet of Volvo FM Electric trucks will be operating in and out of the UK.

Furthermore, they will be covering routes in Sweden and Belgium.

Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks, announced the deal.

“This is a major milestone in our commitment to fossil-free transportation,” he stated. 

“I am very proud of the partnership we have with DFDS. 

“We are showing the world that electrified heavy truck transport is a viable solution already today. 

Continuing, Alm hoped the move would encourage more people into electric trucks.

The first of the 100 Volvo FM Electric models will be delivered in the third quarter of 2022.

Then, the remainder will join the DFDS fleet throughout 2023.

Meanwhile, DFDS’ Niklas Andersson, stressed the importance of ‘going green’.

“We’re determined to play our part in reducing CO2 emissions and creating a sustainable supply chain. 

“We know how important electrification is in the journey to reach our CO2 targets.

“Therefore, I hope we can inspire others as we move forward in this vital transition,” 

The Volvo FM Electric operates at up to 44 tonnes gross combination weight. 

In addition, it has a maximum range of 300km. 

Each truck can be charged either using AC (overnight) or DC (high power).

DFDS has chosen a financing solution provided by Volvo Financial Services.

Volvo accounts for around 40% of the several hundred electric trucks above 16 tonnes registered this year.

Concluding, Alm said: “Our clear aim is to drive the electric truck transformation.”

“Our market-leading position shows that we are definitely on the right track.