The Volvo FH Electric has become the first-ever electric truck named International Truck of the Year.
With close to 1.4 million FH trucks sold worldwide, it may not be surprising that this is the fourth time the model has been named International Truck of the Year.
Volvo Trucks started series production of electric trucks in 2019 and today offers an electric line-up consisting of six electric trucks. The Volvo FH Electric can operate up to 44 tonnes. Production of the truck started in 2022 in Volvo’s factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, and expanded to its factory in Ghent, Belgium, in 2023.
The judging panel praised the “performance, seamless acceleration, quietness, and vibration-free behaviour” of Volvos Long distance fully electric tractor unit.
“With the introduction of the FH Electric, Volvo Trucks has delivered a state-of-the-art battery electric vehicle range, suitable for a wide array of transport operations. It’s proof that the energy transition is gaining strength even in today’s challenging business environment,” stated Gianenrico Griffini, Chairman of International Truck of the Year.
Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, accepted the prestigious award last night during the prize ceremony at the Solutrans Transport Exhibition in Lyon, France.
“I am very proud that our Volvo FH Electric has won this highly respected award. For the first time in history, the transport industry has chosen an electric vehicle as Truck of the Year. The Volvo FH Electric represents a new era in trucking, and winning this award clearly shows that the shift to zero-emission transport is happening here and now,” commented Alm.