Volvo Trucks North America is currently delivering its Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 truck to fleets across the US. Now the company has announced that production of a new model, which features an 85% increase in range, faster charging, and more configurations for heavy-duty transport, will begin in Q2 2022. The next-gen VNR Electric is now open for orders.
Volvo Trucks began commercial production of the VNR Electric model in mid-2021 at the company’s New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia. Over the past year, Volvo has been collecting valuable operating data from early customers.
Volvo says battery improvements have delivered an increase of up to 40% in storage capacity, which is up to 565 kWh for a complete battery system, enabling a range of up to 275 miles. A dedicated Battery Thermal Management System (BTMS) was added to maintain ideal environmental temperatures. Charging time has also been reduced: Volvo says that, at 250 kW, an 80% charge can be delivered in 90 minutes for the six-battery package, and 60 minutes for the four-battery version.
Volvo Trucks has added two new configurations to its VNR Electric lineup—a 6×4 straight truck and a 6×4 tractor—joining its three existing models: 4×2 tractor, 6×2 tractor, and single-axle straight truck. Each configuration is designed for applications with local and regional distribution ranges, including food and beverage, drayage, and pick-up and delivery routes.
Volvo Trucks offers various ancillary services to fleet customers. It helps to leverage funding opportunities across North America. Volvo Financial Services offers complete financing and insurance solutions for both trucks and charging infrastructure. The Volvo Gold Contract, which comes standard with the Volvo VNR Electric, incorporates maintenance, towing, uptime services, and full coverage of major components.
“Volvo Trucks is continuing to expand the capabilities of the VNR Electric to make it more efficient, satisfy our customer demands for expanded range, and provide a better driving experience,” said Andy Brown, Volvo Trucks’ Product Marketing Manager for Electromobility. “The electric driveline featuring a two-speed I-Shift transmission provides best-in-class, powerful and smooth acceleration. Innovations such as Volvo Active Driver Assist and Dynamic Steering make driving effortless and precise, while at the same time improving safety.”
Source: Volvo Trucks