Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions - January 14, 2022
Volvo Trucks Launches Electric With Range Increase
Volvo Trucks North America announced that production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric model will begin in the second quarter of 2022 and features up to an 85% increased range, faster charging, and more configurations for heavy-duty transport.
The enhanced Volvo VNR Electric’s battery has been improved in its technology, design, management, and package offering. Improvements in battery design have resulted in an up to 40% increase in storage capacity for each battery and a Battery Thermal Management System (BTMS) was added to manage and maintain ideal environmental temperatures.
Volvo Trucks has also introduced a new six-battery package option. Combining all three gives the trucks increased energy storage of up to 565kWh and offers an operational range of up to 275 miles. Regenerative braking energy is captured and fed back into the system to maximize energy efficiency and driving range. The enhanced Volvo VNR Electric also reduces the required charging time, as the state-of-the-art 250kW charging capability provides an 80% charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery package and 60 minutes for the four-battery version.
Volvo Trucks has added two new configurations to its VNR Electric lineup — a 6x4 straight truck and a 6x4 tractor — joining its three existing models: 4x2 tractor, 6x2 tractor, and single-axle straight truck. Each Volvo VNR Electric configuration is designed for applications and drive cycles with local and regional distribution ranges, including food and beverage, drayage, and pick-up and delivery routes.
“It is a testament to Volvo Trucks’ leadership that in a continuously evolving industry we are bringing the enhanced version of our VNR Electric to the market a year after sales of the VNR Electric first started,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America in a statement. “Volvo Trucks is at the forefront in the industry, always innovating and improving, while upholding the highest standards in design, construction, and safety. Our team is proud of its role, together with dealers and customers, in accelerating the shift to electromobility and a more sustainable future.”