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Volvo Trucks teases upcoming new all-electric semi truck

Volvo Trucks has a really extensive electrification program with several electric trucks currently being tested and developed.

They are teasing a new all-electric semi truck to be added to the list.

Earlier this year, the Swedish group announced that it will bring its electric trucks to the road as soon as this year and start selling them next year.

They unveiled ‘the Volvo FL Electric’, a 16-tonne truck that can be configured with different battery packs for a capacity between 100 and 300 kWh for a range of up to 300 km (186 miles).

Volvo Trucks also launched an all-electric garbage truck with up to 200 km of range.

In September, the company then unveiled an all-electric and autonomous truck without a cab.

Except for that last one, all of Volvo’s electric trucks are based on their existing truck programs and now they are also going to release an electric version of their Volvo VNR truck.

They released several teaser images today:

Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America, commented about the upcoming vehicle:

“We are proud to announce the Volvo VNR Electric, designed to support cities focused on sustainable urban development and fleets operating in a range of regional-haul and distribution operations. The Volvo VNR Electric leverages the versatility of the new Volvo VNR series with a proven fully-electric powertrain, and represents a strategic stride toward a comprehensive electrified transport ecosystem. Cities prioritizing sustainable urban development can leverage electrified transport solutions to help improve air quality and reduce traffic noise. Cleaner, quieter, fully-electric commercial transport also creates opportunities for expanded morning and late-night operations, helping cut traffic congestion during peak hours.”

They didn’t announce the specs just yet, but they did say that the truck will be “operating in distribution, regional-haul and drayage operations.”

Volvo Trucks says that they will demonstrate them on the road in California as soon as next year.

The state participated in the truck program with CARB awarding $44.8 million to SCAQMD for the Volvo LIGHTS project.

Following the test program next year, they say that the VNR Electric will go on sale in North America in 2020.

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