Our unique position in electric mobility

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.

Our unique position in electric mobility
Renault Trucks

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.

Breadth expertise

“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. 

Volvo CE

Combine known technologies

This is made possible by applying CAST (Common Architecture and Shared Technology). Volvo Group develops complete driveline solutions, systems and components for the business areas and adapts them to their market and application needs.

“By utilizing CAST, as a Group, we can secure higher volumes and reduce the time to market. This means that Volvo Group companies do not need to start from scratch. They can combine known technologies into a new solution and work more with system integration

than component development. As a result, we are seeing new products reach the market much sooner.” explains David Hellstedt,VP Electromobility, Volvo Group. “

Some examples

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.
    This is route 55 in Gothenburg
  • Volvo Trucks has, so far, launched two electric truck models, Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric and will commercialize electric trucks in the USA in 2020. 
    In February 2019 Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles a refuse truck and a distribution truck to customers operating in Sweden.
    Watch the video. Volvo Trucks - Say hello to the future.
  • Renault Trucks has been developing and testing electrically driven distribution trucks over several years. 2018, Renault Trucks unveiled its second generation of all-electric vehicles, ranging from 3.1 to 26 tonnes.
    From the sea to the plate with Renault Trucks D.
  • Mack Trucks plans to have a fully electric Mack LR refuse model equipped with an integrated Mack electric drivetrain operating in New York City tested by the New York City Department of Sanitation.
  • The truck manufacturing company in Japan, UD Trucks, plans to have vehicles in actual daily operation by the year 2020.
  • Volvo CE has unveiled two pioneering concepts: the EX2 fully electric compact excavator and the LX2 electric compact wheel loader.
    This is the exciting project, Electric Site.
  • Volvo Penta is going full charge into hybrid and all-electric drivelines, offering electrified solutions in both its marine and industrial segments.
    Watch the video about Älvsnabben in Gothenburg
  • The Nova Bus LFSe recently became the first allelectric bus to be approved by the US Federal Transit Administration. This is Nova LFSe story.


Volvo Trucks

Related News

How to attract and retain technicians in the construction industry

Volvo has a longstanding history of collaborating with academia to develop innovative concepts to tackle the challenges Volvo and our customers face. At Carnegie Mellon University five students found a solution to attract technicians to support ...

Volvo Autonomous Hauler wins Red Dot award

The TA15 – part of the TARA autonomous transport solution from Volvo Autonomous Solutions – has won a coveted Red Dot Award for product design  – the most globally-recognized mark for industrial design quality.


Martin Witt new Head of Volvo Group Venture Capital

Martin Witt has been appointed as Vice President and Head of Volvo Group Venture Capital as of June 1, 2020. He will report to Anna Westerberg, Senior Vice President, Volvo Group Connected Solutions.