Volvo Trucks Presents a New Fully Electric Axle for Extended Range


Volvo Trucks unveiled a completely new, fully electric rear axle at the IAA transport show last September in Hannover, Germany. Freeing up space for more batteries, the new e-axle means even longer range for Volvo’s battery electric trucks. The new e-axle will be used on both battery and fuel cell electric trucks.

Volvo Trucks has the widest offer of battery electric trucks in the industry, with 6 different models in serial production.
The new e-axle allows more batteries on the truck by integrating the electric motors and the transmission into the rear axle. More batteries mean longer range, which creates opportunities for long distance transports to also be electrified. On the fuel cell electric trucks, that will be introduced in the second half of this decade, the additional space comes in handy for installing other components.

“This is a breakthrough for electric trucks and a clear signal that there will be a huge demand for public fastchargers for heavy trucks in the near future, not the least along highways,” said Jessica Sandström, senior vice president Global Product Management at Volvo Trucks.

Complementing the current offer, Volvo Trucks will start serial production of trucks with the new e-axle in a few years from now and it will complement the current lineup of battery electric trucks.

Volvo Trucks has a 3-path strategy to reach zero-emission; battery electric, fuel cell electric and combustion engines that run on renewable fuels like biogas, hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) or even green hydrogen.

“Different technical solutions are needed to tackle climate change, since the availability of energy and fuel infrastructure differs between countries and regions and also between different transport assignments,” concluded Jessica Sandström.

Source: Volvo Trucks

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