Volvo Trucks has launched an enhanced version of its VNR Electric truck for the North American market. According to the manufacturer, the new version is featured by up to 85 percent increased range and faster charging. The new Volvo VNR Electric, which now has a range of up to 440 km, has been sold in North America since December 2020. It has been specifically designed for that particular market. The former generation of the electric truck had an operating range of up to 240 km. The improved performance is due to, among other things, improved battery design and a new six battery package option.
The Volvo VNR Electric with reduced charging time
The new version of the electric truck also reduces the required charging time, as the 250 kW charging capability provides an 80 percent charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery package, and 60 minutes for the four-battery version. Production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric will start in Q2 2022 in the company’s New River Valley plant in Virginia, which is the exclusive producer of all Volvo trucks in North America.
Globally, Volvo Trucks has set the target that half of all trucks sold are electric by 2030. The company has been testing the 40 tonnes FH electric. Also, Volvo Trucks is testing its range of electric trucks under harsh environmental conditions and very low temperatures at home, in Sweden.
An ambitious goal in view of 2030
“We are determined to lead the transformation of the transport industry. In only eight years’ time, our goal is that half of our global truck sales are electric. The interest among customers is high, and it’s quickly becoming a competitive advantage for transporters to be able to offer electric, sustainable transports. That is very encouraging”, commented Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.
“It is a testament to Volvo Trucks’ leadership in a continuously evolving industry that we are bringing the enhanced version of our VNR Electric to the market only a year after sales of the VNR Electric first started,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President, Volvo Trucks North America.