Volvo Trucks Launches VNR Electric In North America

Volvo Trucks officially announced the market launch of its first all-electric truck in North America, the Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric, which will be offered as a straight truck and 4×2 or 6×2 tractor.

The production will take place alongside conventional counterparts, in the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, starting in early 2021.

Volvo VNR Electric
Volvo VNR Electric

Thanks to the $91 million Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project, led by Volvo Trucks (in partnership with 14 other organizations) in Southern California, the company was able to jump-start its truck electrification. Volvo is providing some 25 trucks for the LIGHTS.

In October, the company also received a $20 million order for 70 VNR Electric (that will be deployed from Q1 2021 to Q3 2022) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Targeted Air Shed Grant Program. An additional $1.7 million from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) will be spent on charging infrastructure.

Orders for nearly 100 first vehicles is a starting point every business could dream of.

The truck is equipped with a 264 kWh battery, which, depending on type, should translate into 120-150 miles of real-world range (200-240 km).

Volvo VNR Electric specs:

  • range of up to 150 miles (240 km) depending on configuration
  • Three configuarations:
    Straight truck – up to 150 miles, a gross vehicle weight rating of 33,200 lbs
    4×2 tractor – up to 120 miles, can carry a GCVW of up to 66,000 lbs
    6×2 tractor- up to 120 miles, can carry a GCVW of up to 82,000 lbs
  • 264 kWh battery
  • top speed of 65 mph (105 km/h)
  • system output of 455 hp with up to 4,051 lb/ft torque
    dual-motor drivetrain with two-speed I-Shift automated transmission
  • fast charging (80%) in 70 minutes using 150 kW DC charger

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