Volvo To Go After Tesla’s Semi With Electric Truck In 2019

Volvo Trucks has announced that it will start selling electric tricks in Europe starting next year with North America to follow.

According to the truck manufacturer, electric trucks will play an important role in improving the quality of life of residents in urban areas. It also claims that these trucks are just one of the important sustainable transport solutions that need to be adopted.

Although the announcement of the all-electric Volvo Trucks comes a few months after the Tesla Semi was unveiled, the Volvos will hit the streets much sooner.

Beyond simply being more environmentally friendly, Volvo Trucks president Claes Nilsson says electric trucks also have the advantage of being much quieter than traditional diesel alternatives.

“By using electrically powered and quieter trucks for goods transport in urban areas, we meet several challenges simultaneously. Without disturbing noise and exhaust gases, it will be possible to operate in more sensitive city centres.

“Transport may also take place throughout less busy periods, for example in late evening and at night. This will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic, allowing both the road network and vehicles to be utilized far more effectively than today,” Nilsson said.

During a recent study conducted by Stockholm City and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, it was determined that electric trucks could carry out assignments in one-third of the normal time as they didn’t need to operate in rush-hour traffic.

“We believe in full electrification for urban distribution as a first step. However, we are working with electrification for other transport applications. This is only the beginning,” Nilsson concluded.

Note: Volvo hybrid truck pictured

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  • Maricaibo

    “…electric tricks…”

    Cool.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      I’ll bet the LAPD would be willing to buy like 300 of these!

  • LWOAP

    “Volvo Trucks has announced that it will start selling electric tricks”

    Oh, ffs. Anyway, I guess it was only a matter of time before others decide to jump in. Still, I would like to see the Nikola Semi go into production but I have a feeling that’s going to take awhile.

  • Christian

    I kinda shows low respect from Volvo, only shows the truck in a white color…GO FIGURE…

    • Knotmyrealname

      ??? Huh?

      • Christian

        Well. wouldn’t you say that somehow its a bit racist? #BLM-

        • Knotmyrealname

          ..Because they showed a white truck instead of….??? What colour should they have shown it in (be careful not to offend anyone..)?

          • Christian

            black!

          • Status

            Now I know you’re trolling.

          • Christian

            okay.. 🙁

  • Blanka Li

    I thought the Japanese were the only ones developing electric tricks . . . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/524cffe47acb0a1abe25692a2c89ea529c719e27b5e4056e789d6638062b5f19.png

    • Matt Johnson

      You meant electric trucks.

      • Matt

        Read the first paragraph of the article please.

  • Stephen G

    I’m confused. Just a short time ago everybody’s panties were in a wad about electric cars because of ranges, charging time and infrastructure. Today everybody wants to buy an electric tractor trailer truck? Still ZERO infrastructure! How much energy is going to be needed to haul 40 tons of freight the miles required? The number of batteries these things will require seems staggering. This makes no sense.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Amen brother!!!

    • NO DOUBT TESLA WILL BUILD A TRUCK CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE JUST LIKE THEY DID FOR THEIR CARS. MAYBE COMPANIES WILL START WORKING TOGETHER AND STANDARDIZE EVERYTHING. A LOT OF BATTERIES OR A LOT OF GAS NOTHING IS FOR FREE.

    • brn

      Not all trucks are long haul. Many work from a distribution center and never go more than 300 miles a day.

    • Status

      Do you live in a country that has had electricity in homes and business for over 100 years? Then the infrastructure already is in place.

  • EyalN

    a company with 100 electric trucks will have to get a privet coal fired power plant

    • Tostik

      Still more efficient and less polluting than diesel. And let’s not forget that diesel must be refined from oil, and that’s a very electrically intensive process. So your diesel and gasoline have already used a lot of “coal” fired electricity before they’re even burned in the truck or car.

    • Status

      Better invest in HydroQuebec.

  • GOOD NEWS, THE MORE THE MERRIER.

  • Martin Marsh

    If you look at how well electric cars went over, the same thing is going to happen here. There are many problems with this, it just won’t fly.

    • Status

      How well electric cars went over? They’re not ‘over’ yet.

      • Martin Marsh

        Sure they are, they just don’t know when to quit.

        • Status

          Like the ‘moral majority’? They can’t even pay people to attend churches anymore.

          • Martin Marsh

            It doesn’t work that way either, the people pay to go to church.

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