Work towards commercialization of electric trucks in North America is ongoing, as advancements in battery technology accelerate.
Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with plans to eventually introduce the technology to North America as well. Electric trucks drastically reduce noise and exhaust emissions and create new opportunities to manage logistics, says the company.
“Electromobility is fully in line with Volvo Trucks’ long-term commitment to sustainable urban development and zero emissions,” said Göran Nyberg, President of Volvo Trucks North America. “By using electrically powered and quieter trucks for goods transport in urban areas, we meet several challenges simultaneously. Without disturbing noise and exhaust gases, it will be possible to operate in more sensitive city centres. Transport may also take place throughout less busy periods, for example in late evening and at night. This will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic, allowing both the road network and vehicles to be utilized far more effectively than today.”