Volvo Trucks North America has unveiled the subsequent generation of its VNR Electric all-electric heavy-duty truck with longer vary and shorter charging occasions. Production of the upgraded model is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2022. Orders can be found now.
The Volvo VNR Electric is one in every of six all-electric heavy-duty truck fashions from Volvo Trucks developed particularly for the North American market. Customers had been in a position to place preliminary orders for the earlier model in December 2020, with manufacturing beginning in the second quarter of 2021 at the firm’s New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia. According to the firm, the automobile has been delivered to prospects in a number of US states over the previous 12 months. Operational information was collected to enhance the expertise and enhance effectivity.
Nearly a 12 months later, the firm is now in launch place with the new model of the Class 8 electrical truck. “Volvo Trucks continues to build on the capabilities of the VNR Electric to make it more efficient, meet our customers’ demands for longer range and offer a better driving experience,” Andy Brown, product advertising supervisor for electrical mobility at Volvo Trucks, is quoted as saying in a press launch.
The subsequent model of the VNR Electric is now out there with a new battery design: the modifications reportedly end in a rise in storage capability of as much as 40 per cent for every battery. Together with a new battery choice that includes six packs as an alternative of the earlier most of 4, a complete capability of as much as 565 kWh and a variety of as much as 275 miles (about 440 kilometres) is feasible, the producer stated. The first generation of the Volvo VNR Electric had a variety of as much as 150 miles (240 kilometres).
Volvo Trucks may also set up a battery thermal administration system (BTMS) to maintain the battery in the best temperature window – which is able to assist with each sturdiness and charging. The firm specifies a charging energy of 250 kW. An 80-percent cost is thus possible in 90 minutes in the six-battery model. For the four-battery package deal, the charging time is 60 minutes.
Volvo Trucks has added two new configurations to the three present fashions in the VNR Electric vary (4×2 tractor unit, 6×2 tractor unit and a “straight truck”, i.e. a truck with field physique) – a 6×4 truck with field physique and a 6×4 tractor unit. Each configuration of the Volvo VNR Electric is for use in native and regional distribution transport.
The truck producer additionally states in the launch that it’s increasing its electrical automobile supplier community. Volvo Trucks has licensed sellers in California and New York and is working with further sellers throughout North America to finish their certifications, it stated. A gross sales staff has additionally been established to help sellers and prospects, he stated.
Volvo Trucks has set a goal of half of all vehicles offered being electrical by 2030. Recently, as reported, the first unbiased power effectivity check with a heavy-duty e-truck was accomplished in Germany. The Volvo FH Electric coated a complete of 345 kilometres on one battery cost on the so-called Green Truck Award route. According to the firm, it exceeded its official vary and consumed 50 per cent much less power than its diesel counterpart.
With reporting by Domenico Sciurti, Germany.