Volvo Adds Rigid Models to BEV Truck Range

Volvo has expanded its range of all-electric heavy goods vehicles by adding three more models to its BEV range.

The automaker is now offering rigid versions of its heavy electric trucks: the Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX. Offering multiple battery, cab and chassis options, the new heavy rigid trucks can be designed to carry electric superstructures for a wide range of specialized transport assignments, including goods distribution, refuse collection and construction work. Production of the new variants will begin in the first quarter of 2023.

The new rigid trucks have a battery capacity between 180-540kWh. Initial production releases in March 2023 will see Volvo FH, FM and FMX electric models equipped with a 490kW driveline, three electric motors, battery power of between 450-540 kWh in 5-6 battery format, High, X-High sleeper cab and axle configurations of 4x2R, 6x2R, 6x4R, 8x2R, and 8x4R.

Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks, said: “With these new, electric trucks we are making it easier than ever for even more customers to go electric, and 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, to cut emissions while getting the same functionality as the diesel truck they are using today.

“These trucks can handle all kinds of transports, from lighter to heavy loads. Customers can choose the exact battery capacity they need for their assignments, and by not carrying more batteries onboard than needed, the payload can increase. In short, we have the optimal and most cost-efficient electric transport solution, no matter what the task is.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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