The transition to electric trucks is well underway and Volvo is leading the way.
That was the message from the Swedish manufacturer during an online presentation.
Furthermore, Volvo highlighted the gains it had made around the world with its battery-powered trucks.
For example, the presentation featured interviews with DFDS, which has recently signed a deal for 100 FM Electrics.
In addition, another Volvo electric truck customer, Manhattan Beer Distributors, made an appearance.
Jessica Sandström, from Volvo Trucks was keen highlight the step change of the transition to electric trucks.
Specifically, She compared the shift to electric as bigger than moving from the horse and cart to motorised transport.
“We are already leading and will continue to lead by making huge investments,” she stated.
“By 2030 50% of our vehicles will be electric and by 2050 all Volvo Trucks will be fossil-free.”
She also highlighted the need for sustainability and recycling.
“We need to make sure we are taking care of the batteries as well as the trucks.
“Therefore, we are looking into the circular economy and making sure we use and recycle batteries in the right way.”
Meanwhile, the presentation focused on three main electric truck challenges.
“There are a lot of concerns about range, charging and the economics,” said Sandström.
“However, Volvo will be looking at all of these areas closely.
“When it comes to range, our electric trucks will be able to run for 300km with a heavy load.”
Continuing, she urged fleets to be more clever when it comes to charging.
In addition, she confirmed Volvo Trucks would help with advice and hardware.
For example, the company will support with installation of chargers and provide cables.
The transition to electric trucks should be embraced, according to Volvo.
For example, ACEA states that by 2025, there will be 40,000 electric medium and heavy duty vehicles in Europe.
Furthermore, by 2030 that number will be closer to 270,000.