The Norwegian Postal Service has ordered 29 electric trucks from Volvo Trucks—one of the truck-maker’s largest ever in Europe. The order follows an earlier one for three electric trucks. Volvo Trucks will deliver a total of 32 electric and 13 biogas-fueled trucks to Norwegian Post in 2022.
The order includes different two- and three-axle configurations of the Volvo FL and FE models, but all the trucks have the same driveline.
According to Volvo, Norway currently has more electric trucks in service than any European country except Switzerland.
Volvo Trucks currently offers five different electric truck models in Europe, and one in North America. The Volvo FH, FM and FMX Electric are heavy-duty trucks with a total weight of up to 44 tons. They are currently on sale in Europe, and production is to start during the second half of 2022. The Volvo FL and FE Electric are aimed at city distribution and waste management applications. They went into series production in 2019 in Europe. Production of the Volvo VNR Electric for North America started in 2021.
“It is very important that the big players lead the way,” said Bjørn Inge Haugan, Sales and Marketing Director, Volvo Trucks Norway. “This kind of order clearly tells the world that regional transport with electric trucks is a feasible solution on a large scale today.”
“We want to put these vehicles in operation quickly, from Tromsø in the north to Kristiansand in the south,” said Norwegian Post Press Officer Kenneth Tjønndal Pettersen. “37 percent of our fleet now runs on renewable energy, and that share will increase significantly going forward. We have an ambitious environmental strategy, and to keep the pace up in this important work, we need quality-focused and ambitious partners like Volvo.”
Source: Volvo Trucks