Volvo Trucks unveiled a completely new, fully electric rear axle at the IAA Transport show in Hannover, Germany. The new e-axle integrates the electric motors and the transmission into the rear axle, thereby freeing up space for more batteries.
More batteries mean longer range, which creates opportunities for long distance transports to also be electrified. On the fuel cell electric trucks that will be introduced in the second half of this decade, the additional space comes in handy for installing other components.
Volvo Trucks will start serial production of trucks with the new e-axle in a few years and it will complement the current line-up of battery electric trucks.
This is a breakthrough for electric trucks and a clear signal that there will be a huge demand for public fast-chargers for heavy trucks in the near future, not the least along highways.
We will continue with our versatile battery electric trucks that are already in production. They can currently cover a wide range of transport assignments. In a few years, we will add this new rear e-axle for customers covering longer routes than today.—Jessica Sandström, SvP Global Product Management at Volvo Trucks
Volvo Trucks has a three-path strategy to reach zero emissions: battery-electric, fuel-cell electric and combustion engines that run on renewable fuels such as biogas, HVO or even green hydrogen.
Volvo Trucks has the widest offer of battery-electric trucks in the industry, with six different models in serial production.