Volvo Trucks has launched series production of its heavy duty electric vehicles. The electric versions of the FH, FM and FMX models, which are available to order from May, are mass-produced in Gothenburg, Sweden. From next year they will also be produced in Ghent, Belgium.
Volvo makes FH Electric, FM Electric and FMX Electric electric trucks that can operate at 44 tonnes GVW on the same line as combustion trucks. Batteries are supplied from the battery assembly plant in Ghent. The cars are electric versions of "the company's most important product range". These three models account for about two-thirds of the company's sales, the manufacturer said in a statement.
According to Volvo, the company is "the world's first truck manufacturer" to "now go into series production of 44-tonne heavy electric trucks." With three new models, Volvo Trucks now produces a total of six electric vehicles in series: the remaining three are electric versions of the Volvo FE and Volvo FL medium-duty truck models, as well as the VNR for North America. The company has already sold more than 2,600 electric trucks, including about 1,000 heavy-duty models, the president said.