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Volvo Trucks present new electric axle for extended range

Jessica Sandström

New e-axle frees up space for even more batteries on the truck for longer range capabilities

VOLVO Trucks have unveiled a completely new, fully electric rear axle. Freeing up space for more batteries, the new e-axle will allow for even longer range for Volvo’s battery electric trucks.

The manufacturer currently has the widest offer of battery electric trucks in the industry, with six different models in serial production. Depending on the model, the range is up to 440km in one charge.

The new e-axle allows even more batteries on the truck by integrating the electric motors and the transmission into the rear axle. More batteries mean longer range, which creates opportunities to provide electric solutions for even long-distance transport.

On the fuel-cell electric trucks that will be introduced in the second half of this decade, the additional space will come in handy for installing other components.

‘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 least along highways,’ said Jessica Sandström, senior vice-president of global product management at Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks will start serial production of cab-over-engine trucks with the new e-axle in a few years from now and it will complement the current line-up of battery electric trucks.

‘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,’ said Ms Sandström.

Volvo Trucks have 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.

‘Different technical solutions are needed to tackle climate change, since the availability of energy and fuel infrastructure differs between countries and regions and also between different transport assignments,’ concluded Ms Sandström.

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