Volvo Trucks and Unicon, a major player in Denmark in the field of ready-mixed concrete, the largest private single order to date for electric trucks that will run on Danish roads. Unicon ordered 11 Volvo FM Electric trucks, which will start being delivered in the end of the year. Furthermore, the two companies set «a long-term collaboration that aims to develop and implement complete truck and body electric solutions for the concrete industry», according to the official statements. Unicon has already gained experience of electric trucks by means of some Volvo FE Electric in the latest years. Volvo Trucks has recently placed another major order in Northern Europe, in Norway.
Volvo Trucks engagement in the concrete industry
According to Peter Ericson, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks in Denmark, the order received by Unicon is quite significant, as heavy vehicles for the concrete industry are among the most difficult to electrify. «With these agreements, we are taking important steps in expanding fossil-free distribution solutions to the concrete industry, where electrification of heavy vehicles has been a very difficult challenge due to the heavy loads and continuous mixing demands. We are pleased to have Unicon on board as a strategic partner and we expect a lot of learning and development as a result of the collaboration for the benefit of an entire industry», he said.
«With this major order and ambitious collaboration agreement, we are putting tangible actions behind our CO2 emission targets for our distribution. This clearly underlines our role as a frontrunner for the construction industry in both Denmark and worldwide. We are very much looking forward to this collaboration with Volvo Trucks, which gives us unique opportunities to jointly develop the right complete truck and body electric solutions for our distribution», explained Christian Elleby, Supply Chain & Procurement Director at Unicon. «With the new electric truck mixers, we are ready to support the requirements for emission-free construction sites in Denmark, which we see from the City of Copenhagen, as well as an increasing number of contractors and builders».