Volvo Trucks has firmed up its portfolio of electric vehicles, with the addition of rigid versions.

Therefore, battery powered rigid versions of the FH, FM and FMX models are now available. 

As a result, it is now possible to use electric power on more routes than ever, says the Swedish manufacturer.

The new heavy rigid trucks can be designed to carry electric superstructures for a wide range of specialised transport assignments. 

For example, goods distribution, refuse collection and construction work. 

Furthermore, multiple battery, cab and chassis options are available for the new product line-up. 

Roger Alm, Volvo Trucks president, explained why it was so important that the wider range was firmed up sooner rather than later. 

“With these new electric trucks, we are making it easier than ever for even more customers to go electric. 

“In addition, it is easier for cities to shift to zero-emission vehicles for virtually all transport flows. 

“Our customers can have these trucks custom-built for their specific operation.”

In other words, he maintains, they can cut emissions while getting the same functionality as diesel trucks. 

Previously, diesel trucks with heavy loads would be a common sight in many cities.

However, now Volvo is saying it will offer alternatives to diesel power. 

The new rigid trucks have a battery capacity between 180 to 540kWh. 

This, together with the number of batteries applied to a truck, provides great flexibility and a wide range of potential operations. 

“These trucks can handle all kinds of transport jobs, from lighter to heavy loads,” adds Alm. 

“Customers can choose the exact battery capacity they need for their assignments.

“In short, we have the optimal and most cost-efficient electric transport solution.”

Concluding, Alm said production of the new variants will begin in the first quarter of 2023.