Volvo fires all wood in terms of electromotoring. After cars, construction machinery and urban transport, it is the turn of site approach and regional transport trucks to switch to the battery. For the moment, these are prototypes, which are intended to validate the approach. "We envision significant potential for electric heavy goods vehicles in these sectors in the long term," said Roger Alm, president of the Trucks subsidiary of the Swedish group. "With these vehicles, we want to explore and demonstrate the effectiveness of different solutions for the future, while assessing the level of interest in the market and in society."
The group plans to start with a panel of customers in Europe, who will have a small number of prototypes. A more developed marketing is planned in the following years. "The speed of the switch to electric will depend on a number of factors. On the one hand, a vast extension of the electrical charging infrastructure is necessary and, on the other hand, it is necessary to ensure that regional power grids can provide sufficient capacity over the long term, "said Lars Mårtensson, director of environment and innovation at Volvo Trucks.
Thermal engines still relevant
The manufacturer already has vehicles relying on alternative fuels or kinematic chains. For example, the FL and FE from the Electric range, two battery-powered vehicles for local distribution and urban waste collection. Or the FH and FM models running LNG, for transport over longer distances.
However, the thermal offer will not be abandoned for a while, since engineers are still working to improve the efficiency of combustion engines. "The engines of today's vehicles are efficient energy converters that can run on diesel or various renewable fuels such as liquefied biogas or biodiesel, and the technology still has potential for development," said Lars Mårtensson.