Volvo wins biggest electric truck order as DFDS goes green
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The Volvo Group has won an order for 100 electric heavy-duty trucks from DFDS A / S, Northern Europe’s largest transport and logistics company, as pollution and noise restrictions redefine the transport industry.
The second-largest truck maker will begin deliveries of vehicles, capable of traveling 300 kilometers (186 miles) on a single charge, in the fourth quarter of next year, Volvo announced on October 6. trucks for the company so far.
“[The order shows] it is possible to drive heavy transport with electric vehicles, ”Roger Alm, chairman of Volvo’s trucking unit, said in an interview. “We are market leaders in the electrical segment. It is a position that we are trying to maintain.
Manufacturers and logistics companies must adhere to stricter rules on diesel trucks traveling in urban areas and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The changes open the door to new competitors like Volvo and Traton SE, who have pledged 50% of truck sales to be fossil fuel-free by 2030. Volvo’s goal is to have more than 35% fully electrified trucks by 2030..
We have just received our biggest order for Volvo electric trucks to date – 100 new and shiny Volvo FM Electric will be delivered to logistics company DFDS starting next year! https://t.co/dBk0XHbDx3#electrification #electric trucksreality # electric vehicles pic.twitter.com/XGTeLf7adM
– Volvo Trucks (@VolvoTrucks) October 6, 2021
The American startup Nikola Corp. said in September that it won an order from the Port of Hamburg, while Tesla Inc. was also working on a large electric platform.
“This is obviously a more expensive alternative, but we want to be the first players in this area,” said Niklas Andersson, logistics manager for DFDS, whose company manages a fleet of 1,500 trucks. “It’s a very big part of our climate plan. “
So far, sales of larger electric trucks have remained at a few hundred due to limited ranges and high battery costs. Volvo sold around 95,000 heavy trucks in the first half of the year.
“[The order ]confirms that Volvo has a competitive offering and is well positioned in the transition to electric that the transportation industry is currently experiencing, ”said Mats Liss, analyst at Kepler, in a note.
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