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Volvo Trucks has launched an enhanced version of its Volvo VNR Electric in North America with up to 85% increased range and faster charging. The Volvo VNR Electric is one of Volvo Trucks six all-electric heavy truck models and is specially designed for the North American market.
The first generation of Volvo VNR Electric had an operating range of up to 240 km (150 miles). The enhanced version of the class 8 electric truck now offers an operational range of up to 440 km (275 miles), and increased energy storage of up to 565kWh.
The improved performance is due to, among other things, improved battery design and a new six battery package option.
The new Volvo VNR Electric also reduces the required charging time, as the 250kW charging capability provides an 80% charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery package, and 60 minutes for the four-battery version.
Peter Voorhoeve, President, Volvo Trucks North America, says: “It is a testament to Volvo Trucks’ leadership in a continuously evolving industry that we are bringing the enhanced version of our VNR Electric to the market only a year after sales of the VNR Electric first started.”
Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks, adds: “We are determined to lead the transformation of the transport industry. In only eight years’ time, our goal is that half of our global truck sales are electric. The interest among customers is high, and it’s quickly becoming a competitive advantage for transporters to be able to offer electric, sustainable transports. That is very encouraging.”
The Volvo Group is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, employs almost 100.000 people and serves customers in more than 190 markets.