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Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, and the first units will be put into operation with select customers in 2018.

Electromobility is fully in line with Volvo Trucks’ long-term commitment to sustainable urban development and zero emissions. We believe in full electrification for urban distribution as a first step. However we are working with electrification for other transport applications. This is only the beginning.

—Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks is working toward commercialization of electric trucks in North America as advancements in battery technology accelerate viability for North American duty cycles and energy demands for a broad range of applications.

Volvo’s technology and deep understanding of electromobility are based on proven commercial solutions already used in Volvo’s electric buses, and solutions introduced in Volvo’s hybrid trucks as far back as 2010. Electric vehicles will be part of our future, but the vehicles themselves are only one part of what is needed for large-scale electrification to succeed. Enabling long-term sustainable transport is a complex issue that requires a holistic and wide range of measures. We are working closely with customers, cities, suppliers of batteries and charging infrastructure, and other key stakeholders to create the necessary framework for battery-powered electric trucks.

—Keith Brandis, Volvo Trucks North America vice president for product planning

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