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Volvo Trucks receives record order for electric trucks

12th October 2021
Sam Holland

Volvo Trucks has received an order for 100 Volvo FM electric trucks from DFDS, Northern Europe's largest shipping and logistics company. The deal is the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks, and one of the largest ever for heavy electric trucks worldwide.

This news follows the announcement that Volvo has already received the largest US order for its electric trucks.

Said Roger Alm: “This is a major milestone in our commitment to fossil-free transportation and I am very proud of the partnership we have with DFDS. Together we are showing the world that electrified heavy truck transport is a viable solution already today. I believe this will encourage many more customers to confidently take the first step in their own electrification journey”.

First deliveries of the Volvo FM Electric to DFDS will start in the fourth quarter of 2022 and continue throughout 2023. The trucks will be used for both short and long transport in the DFDS logistics system in Europe.

“At DFDS, we're determined to play our part in reducing CO2 emissions and creating a sustainable supply chain. We know how important electrification is in the journey to reach our CO2 targets, and I hope we can inspire others as we move forward in this vital transition,” explains Niklas Andersson, executive vice president and head of Logistics Division at DFDS.

The FM Electric can carry a weight of 44 tons (gross combination weight) and has a range of up to 300 kilometres. With a top-up charging session (such as for use during drivers' lunch breaks) the distance can be extended. The vehicles can be charged both via overnight depot charging (each truck comes with an AC charger) and via high-power charging when on the road (DC charging). DFDS has chosen a financing solution provided by Volvo Financial Services.

Record-breaker for electric trucks in Europe

The electrification trend in the heavy truck market is accelerating. So far in 2021 at the time of writing, in Europe, a few hundred trucks above 16 tons have been registered. Of these, approximately 40 percent are Volvo electric trucks.

“Our clear aim,” said Alm, “is to drive the electric truck transformation, and our market-leading position shows that we are definitely on the right track. Our target for 2030 is that half of our global truck deliveries will be electric. We are pleased to see that growing interest among our customers is starting to be reflected in firm orders, not least by this impressive order from DFDS”.

Volvo Trucks started serial production of electric trucks in 2019, as one of the very first truck brands to do so. The product range now includes six electric truck models: the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, Volvo FMX, Volvo FE, Volvo FL, and the Volvo VNR (sold in North America).

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