Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Volvo Trucks achieved a 42% penetration of the all-electric heavy-duty truck market in Europe during 2021.
During the past year, 346 electric trucks of more than 16 tons were registered in Europe, which represents an increase of 193% compared to 2020, according to data from IHS Markit. The countries that registered the most trucks of this type were Switzerland (77 units), Norway (56) and Sweden (47).
Volvo Trucks received in 2021 orders, including letters of purchase intent, for more than 1,100 electric trucks in more than 20 countries.
“Although volumes remain low, we see interest growing rapidly, both in Europe and North America and in other parts of the world,” said Volvo Trucks president Roger Alm.
Volvo Trucks started series production of electric trucks in 2019. Production of the fully electric heavy-duty Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX models will start in the autumn, making it one of the most comprehensive electric ranges in the segment.
With this range and delivering electric vehicles to a wide range of customers in Europe, North America and Australia, the company expects half of its total truck sales to be electric by 2030.
“These figures clearly show that we are off to a very good start in sales. With the widest range of electric trucks, it will be possible to electrify almost half of heavy road transport. This proportion will grow even more as demand increases. distance that electric trucks can travel and the recharging infrastructure for heavy trucks is further developed,” Alm stressed.