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Volvo Trucks leading market in Europe and in N America for electric heavy-duty trucks

Volvo Trucks leads the market in Europe and in North America for heavy electric trucks after the first quarter of 2023. In total, the manufacturer has sold almost 5,000 electric trucks in about 40 countries. Now, its electric product range is being made available in new markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

During the first quarter of 2023, a total of 600 electric trucks weighing 16 tons and more were registered in Europe—more than four times compared to the same period in 2022 (134). Volvo Trucks has the largest market share of this at 50%: an increase compared to 2022, when the company’s market share for the full year was 32%.

Volvo Trucks also maintains a leading position in North America, with nearly half of the heavy electric truck market.

The markets with most electric trucks registered overall (including all brands) during the first quarter of 2023 were Germany, France, the Netherlands and the US.

Volvo Trucks saw a strong increase in new truck orders during the first quarter of 2023. A total of 486 electric trucks were ordered—an increase of 141% compared to the same period in 2022. Most of these orders came from countries in the northern part of Europe, including the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

Last year, Volvo added the three most popular 44-ton heavy-duty trucks to its electric lineup: the Volvo FH, the Volvo FM, and the Volvo FMX. With these new additions, Volvo Trucks has six electric truck models in series production, giving it the industry’s most extensive portfolio of zero exhaust emission trucks.

Currently, Volvo Trucks is scaling up production of electric trucks at three plants: in Gothenburg, Sweden; in Blainville, France; and in New River Valley, US. In the third quarter of 2023, serial production will also start at Volvo’s largest factory in Ghent, Belgium.

Thousands of public charging points for heavy trucks will be needed to scale up the volumes of electric trucks. Volvo Group will, together with Daimler and Traton, build at least 1.700 high-performance green energy public chargers all around Europe. The group is also investing in a charging corridor in North America.

Volvo Trucks is aiming for 50% of global sales of new trucks to be electric in 2030, and 100% to be net-zero emission by 2040.



Its worth noting that Volvo, the leader in putting electric trucks on the road, sees fuel cells and hydrogen as the way forward for really long distance and very heavy transport.

It is not either/or, according to those with the greatest real world expertise.


I looked at Volvo's website for both their European trucks and North American trucks and did not see any mention of fuel cell development. I would not be surprised if they are at least looking at fuel cells but their current interest seems to be selling their existing battery electric trucks. It certainly makes sense to me to grab the low hanging fruit first which is the local delivery trucking and drayage.

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