- Volvo Trucks' new electric semi truck will offer 150 miles of range on a charge, compared with the claimed 300 to 500 miles of range targeted by the upcoming Tesla Semi and the future Nikola Two with its 500-to-750-mile target.
- The regional hauler will have a 264.0-kWh battery pack and 4051 pound-feet of torque.
- The VNR Electric truck will go into production in 2021 for Canada and the United States.
While it’s easy to imagine every semi truck traveling through a city is on its way to or from some far-away place and maybe the song "Convoy" creeps into your skull as you imagine trucks stops, CB radio conversations lasting hours, and that weird time in the late '70s when being a trucker was like being a modern-day cowboy. The reality is, a lot of those big trucks are actually just moving items from shipping ports to warehouses or even between warehouses within a metropolitan area.
That’s where the Volvo Trucks (a separate company from Volvo Cars) Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric truck comes in. The regional-haul vehicle has a limited range, up to 150 miles, along with a huge 265.1-kWh battery pack. Volvo Trucks says that the battery can be charged to 80 percent within 70 minutes. The company also says that due to regenerative braking, the vehicle can reclaim up to 15 percent back to the battery during certain duty cycles.
The truck has 455 horsepower and 4051 pound-feet of torque and can be configured with a gross vehicle weight rating of 82,000 pounds, so it shouldn't have any issues hauling most of what a company can throw at it.
Other automakers are also working on alternative energy systems for regional hauling vehicles. Toyota has been investigating and deploying hydrogen fuel cell trucks while Daimler has been developing electric trucks that are already being trialed by customers. Plus, there are electric semis coming from Tesla and Nikola in the near future.
The Volvo VNR Electric truck will go into production in 2021 and will include telematics, remote diagnosis, and real-time battery monitoring services. While it's unlikely these will be seen out on the interstate between cities, they might soon end up next to you in the future while driving through a metropolitan area.
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