Volvo Trucks has expanded its line-up of zero-emission machines with battery electric versions of three of its heavy rigid models.
The electric versions of the Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX will all arrive during the course of 2023, and will be offered with a range of battery sizes, with capacities ranging from 180 to 540kWh.
As with the combustion engined versions of the machines, they will also be offered with a variety of cab and chassis options. In those various forms the three trucks can be used for a variety of purposes, including goods distribution, refuse collection and construction work.
Volvo Trucks president Roger Alm said that the buyers “can have these trucks custom-built for their specific operation, to cut emissions while getting the same functionality as the diesel truck they are using today.”
Alm added that the range of battery sizes means that “customers can choose the exact battery capacity they need for their assignments, and by not carrying more batteries onboard than needed, the payload can increase.”
Different versions of the FH, FM and FMX will go on sale at different times.
Starting this month, buyers have the option of a 490kW powertrain using three electric motors, which will be offered with five or six batteries offering 450 or 540kWh. It will be offered with Sleeper, High and X-High sleeper cabs, and a wheelbase of 4300-6700mm. There are also four axle congifurations (4x2R, 6x2R, 8x2R and 8x4R). Production for those models will begin in March 2023.
A 330kW twin-motor powertrain powered by four batteries totalling 330kW will go on sale in February 2023, with production starting in May. That will be offered with a Day cab and a wheelbase of 3900-6700mm. Finally, examples with two or three battery packs offering 180-270kWh will go on sale in June, with production starting in September.