The Volvo Group has a unique position in electric mobility6/11/18
The Volvo Group develops buses, trucks, construction equipment, marine and industrial applications, with electric drive systems. This puts the group in a unique position and clearly indicates the breadth and depth of its technical expertise in the field of electric mobility. The group is developing electric vehicles at a rapid pace and several of the truck brands start sales of electric trucks next year.
For many years the Volvo Group has had the necessary expertise and the technology to develop electric vehicles. The group already develop electrically powered vehicles that meet a large part of society’s needs. These include buses used in urban public transport systems, trucks that distribute goods over shorter distances in cities and machines used for constructing roads and buildings.
“Our strength lies in the breadth of our expertise and our experience. We are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles. By further developing the advanced technology from Volvo’s electric buses and adapting it to suit different types of vehicles and to meet our customers’ needs, we have put ourselves in a very strong and unique position in the field of electric mobility. We are now pushing ahead with our work on electric vehicles at a fast pace,” says Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer , Volvo Group.
These are just some examples of the Volvo Group’s comprehensive activities in the field of electrification:
• Volvo Buses is one of the world’s leading developers of electric and hybrid buses. In total, the company has sold a total of 4000 electrified Volvo buses worldwide.
• In 2019 the first electrically powered Volvo trucks will go on sale in Europe. Volvo Trucks has, so far, launched two electric truck models, Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric.
• Renault Trucks will sell a full range of electric trucks manufactured in France. The company has been developing and testing electrically driven distribution trucks over several years.
• Mack Trucks plans to have a fully electric Mack LR refuse model equipped with an integrated Mack electric drivetrain operating in New York City in 2019.
• The truck manufacturing company in Japan, UD Trucks, plans to have vehicles in actual daily operation by the year 2020.
• Volvo Construction Equipment has developed several prototype electric machines. These include a fully-electric compact excavator known as the EX2, the HX2 autonomous battery-electric load carrier, the LX1 electric hybrid wheel loader and the EX1 cable-connected excavator.
• Volvo Penta is going full charge into hybrid and all-electric drivelines, offering electrified solutions in both its marine and industrial segments by 2021.