Volvo Trucks opens its first battery assembly plant for electric trucks

Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Volvo Trucks has opened its first battery assembly plant, located in Ghent, Belgium, to supply batteries ready for installation in the company’s all-electric heavy-duty trucks from the third quarter of this year.

Samsung SDI cells and modules will be assembled into bespoke battery packs for the three-model electric range: Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX. Each battery pack has a capacity of 90 kWh and the customer can choose to have up to six battery packs (540 kWh) in an electric truck. The number of batteries will depend on the specific demands of autonomy and load capacity of each client.

Volvo Trucks batteries are designed so that they can be remanufactured, refurbished and later reused. In addition, the production facility itself works with 100% renewable energy.

With production of the three electric models set to start this year in Europe, Volvo Trucks will offer a total of six electric truck models worldwide, covering everything from urban distribution and waste handling to regional transport and jobs. of construction.

PHOTO - Volvo electric trucks can be equipped with up to six battery packs of 90 kWh each
Volvo electric trucks can be equipped with up to six battery packs of 90 kWh each.

The president of Volvo Trucks, Roger Alm, has indicated that the series production of its electric trucks began already in 2019, “leading the market both in Europe and in North America”, and has assured that with the rapid development of the networks of charging and improvements in battery technology “we will see a rapid transformation of the entire trucking industry in the very near future.”

The company estimates that by 2030 at least 50% of all the trucks it sells in the world will be electric and that by 2040 it will be a carbon neutral company.

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