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Electrified heavy-duty Volvo trucks to be available in Europe by 2021

Swedish automaker's truck division wants to go green

Volvo's big rigs are now getting battery-powered guts. PHOTO FROM VOLVO

Volvo has constantly pushed for the electrification of its passenger-car range. In fact, the company has even made a bold commitment to no longer develop new diesel engines. This approach has apparently trickled down toward its commercial vehicle division with a new range of electric trucks for sale in Europe starting 2021.

Aside from the already electric range of FL and FE light- and medium-duty trucks, Volvo’s series of heavy-duty rigs will also get the battery-powered treatment. The FH, FM, and FMX trucks are said to have a potential range of up to 300km, depending on the battery. These will also have a gross combination weight of 44 tons, allowing these rigs to take on a wide range of jobs.

Imagine how much nicer cities would be with these things quietly whizzing around. PHOTO FROM VOLVO

Volvo’s goal is to have its commercial vehicle range be completely independent of fossil fuels by 2040. Understanding that fleet electrification is more than just pushing more unit sales, the company is also helping out its clients make the transition to cleaner energy sources as smooth and gradual as possible.

Miggi Solidum

Miggi is an editor-at-large at VISOR. Professionally speaking, he is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He writes the 'G-Force' column.