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Volvo Trucks

FL Electric

2019 A heavy-duty electric truck
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Volvo Trucks

FE Electric

2019 A heavy-duty electric truck
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May 24, 2022

On May 24, Volvo Trucks announced that it is introducing fossil-free steel in its trucks. The steel is produced by the Swedish steel company SSAB and the heavy-duty electric Volvo trucks will be the first to include it. The steel from SSAB is produced using a completely new technology, based on hydrogen. The result is a much lower climate impact than conventionally produced steel. Small scale introduction of the steel in Volvo’s heavy electric trucks will begin in the third quarter of 2022.
The first steel produced with hydrogen will be used in the truck’s frame rails, the backbone of the truck upon which all other main components are mounted. As the availability of fossil-free steel increases, it will also be introduced in other parts of the truck. Today, around 30% of the materials in a new Volvo truck come from recycled materials. And up to 90% of the truck can be recycled at the end of its life. Volvo Group is collaborating with SSAB on fossil-free steel since 2021. The first machine, a load carrier made of fossil-free steel, was showcased in October 2021.

Volvo Trucks press release

May 17, 2022

On May 17, Volvo Trucks announced that it is opening its very first battery assembly plant. Located in Ghent, Belgium, the plant 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 2022.
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´ batteries are designed so that they can later be remanufactured, refurbished, and reused. The plant itself is powered by 100% renewable energy.

Volvo Trucks press release

May 11, 2022

On May 10, Volvo Buses and the City of Gothenburg announced that they have developed a unique digital platform where geofencing zones can be quickly created and downloaded by the city’s fleet. The Volvo buses that operate in Gothenburg's public transport use the technology to limit speeds around schools and bus stops and to switch to electric power in emission-free zones.
Gothenburg’s Urban Transport Administration has developed a unique digital platform with open data that allows it to create geofencing zones in the city. As soon as a new zone is created on the platform, it is made available in an API and the operator (which in this project is Volvo Buses) can download the information to its buses. Depending on the zone being created, the bus automatically adapts to any rules regarding speed and fuel source.

Volvo Buses press release