Volvo Trucks is ramping up electric truck volumes and starts serial production of heavy battery electric trucks at the Ghent factory in Belgium. Three different electric models will be built in Ghent, namely the Volvo FH, the Volvo FM and the Volvo FMX Electric, operating at up to 44 ton total weight.
The Ghent factory is the largest Volvo Trucks production site with a yearly capacity of around 45 000 trucks. The electric trucks are assembled on the same platform and line as the diesel and gas-powered trucks, in a production set-up that gives the factory a high flexibility when it comes to handling different variants and demands. The battery packs come from the recently opened battery assembly plant in Ghent, located right next to the production line.
Volvo electric trucks now assembled also in Ghent
Ghent is the fourth Volvo Trucks factory to produce battery electric trucks. First out was Blainville in France, where Volvo started to build electric trucks for refuse handling and city distribution in 2019. One year later, the site in New River Valley, US, commenced serial production of the VNR Electric, designed for regional transport. Then, an important milestone was reached last year, when Volvo Trucks put their heaviest range into serial production at the Tuve plant in Sweden, as the first global manufacturer to do so.
“This is a very important milestone. Now even more transport companies can go electric with Volvo,” commented Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks. ““Our trucks are much loved for their outstanding quality, safety, design, and driver comfort. It makes me very pleased that our customers can get all these benefits and, at the same time, transport goods without emitting any CO2”.