Volvo Trucks presents new generation of e-trucks for US market

Volvo Trucks presents new generation of e-trucks for US market

Volvo Trucks North America has unveiled the next generation of its VNR Electric all-electric heavy-duty truck with longer range and faster charging times. Production of the upgraded model is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2022, and orders are available now.

The Volvo VNR Electric is one of six all-electric heavy-duty truck models from Volvo Trucks designed specifically for the North American market. Customers were able to place initial orders for the previous model in December 2020, with production starting in the second quarter of 2021 at the company's New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia. According to the company, the vehicle has been delivered to customers in several U.S. states over the past year, with operational data collected to improve the technology and increase efficiency.

Nearly a year later, the company is now in the starting gate with the new version of its Class 8 electric truck. "Volvo Trucks continues to build on the capabilities of the VNR Electric to make it more efficient, meet our customers' demands for longer range and deliver a better driving experience," Andy Brown, product marketing manager for electric mobility at Volvo Trucks, is quoted as saying in a press release.

The next model of the VNR Electric is now available with a new battery design: the changes reportedly result in an increase in storage capacity of up to 40 percent for each battery. Combined with a new battery option that incorporates six packs instead of the previous maximum of four, a total capacity of up to 565 kWh and a range of up to 275 miles (about 440 kilometers) is possible, the manufacturer says. The first-generation Volvo VNR Electric still had a range of up to 150 miles (240 kilometers).

Volvo Trucks will also install a battery thermal management system (BTMS) to keep the battery in the ideal temperature window - which will help with both durability and charging. The company claims the charging power is 250 kW, which means an 80-percent charge is achievable in 90 minutes for the six-battery version, and 60 minutes for the four-battery package.