Volvo Trucks to open its very first battery plant in Ghent, Belgium
In the new battery plant, cells and modules from Samsung SDI will be assembled into battery packs that are tailor-made for Volvo Trucks' heavy-duty electric range: Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX.
Volvo Trucks is about to open its first battery plant. The facility will be located in Ghent, Belgium, and will supply ready-to-install batteries for Volvo Trucks’ full electric heavy-duty trucks. In the new battery plant, cells and modules from Samsung SDI will be assembled into battery packs that are tailor-made for Volvo Trucks’ heavy-duty electric range: Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX. Series production starts in the third quarter of this year.
Each battery pack has a capacity of 90 kWh and the customer can choose to have up to six battery packs (540 kWh) in a truck. The number of batteries depends on each customer’s specific range and load capacity demands.
Volvo Trucks aims to invest in a battery plant
«This investment shows our strong commitment to electrifying truck transportation. By 2030, at least 50 percent of all trucks we sell globally will be electric and by 2040, we will be a carbon-neutral company», said Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks. «By integrating the battery assembly process in our production flow, we can shorten lead times for our customers and secure high-performing batteries, while at the same time increase circularity», he added.
Volvo Trucks’ batteries are designed so that they can later be remanufactured, refurbished and reused. The plant itself is powered by 100% renewable energy.