Volvo VNR to go electric from 2020

Volvo Trucks North America confirm first all-electric offering

volvo vnr electric truck

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) has dropped a big announcement in the lead-up to Christmas – the availability of a fully-electric model from 2020.

And it won’t be a truck aimed at just waste collection or inner-city delivery applications (an area where Volvo doesn’t compete in North America) – it’s going to be the bonneted regional-hauler prime-mover, the VNR, that gets the tech.

The Volvo VNR Electric wil be on sale in North America by 2020.

It will be based on the same fully-electric powertrain technology currently being used in the Volvo FE Electric, which Volvo Trucks presented in May and will begin selling in Europe in 2019.

The company expects the VNR Electric to suitable for heavy urban distribution, drayage and other regional applications.

“The Volvo VNR Electric leverages the versatility of the new Volvo VNR series with a proven fully-electric powertrain, and represents a strategic stride toward a comprehensive electrified transport ecosystem,” – Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America.

“Cities prioritizing sustainable urban development can leverage electrified transport solutions to help improve air quality and reduce traffic noise.

“Cleaner, quieter, fully-electric commercial transport also creates opportunities for expanded morning and late-night operations, helping cut traffic congestion during peak hours.”

The VTNA boss didn’t confirm any of the technical specifications for the new truck, though the Volvo FE Electric promises up to 370kW/850Nm and a 200km range.

Check out more details on that electric Volvo offering here.

No official word at this stage on when we might see electric-powered Volvo Trucks being available in Australia, we’ll keep you updated though.

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