GREENSBORO, N.C. — According to a company statement, Volvo Trucks is leading the market for heavy electric trucks after the first quarter of 2023, both in Europe and in North America.
In total, the Swedish truck manufacturer has sold almost 5,000 electric trucks in about 40 countries, according to a news release.
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. 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 news release noted.
“Our commitment to sustainable transport is clearly paying off. We are determined to work closely together with our customers to decarbonize truck transport”, said Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks.
The markets with most electric trucks registered overall (including all brands) during the first quarter of 2023 were Germany, France, the Netherlands and the U.S.
Increasing order intake
Volvo Trucks saw a strong increase in new truck orders during the first quarter of 2023. A total of 486 electric trucks were ordered, which is 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.
5,000 trucks in 40 countries
After launching its first electric truck in 2019, Volvo Trucks has sold almost 5,000 electric trucks in about 40 countries — mainly in Europe and North America, but also in countries like Australia, Chile and Morocco. During 2023, the company will start to sell electric trucks to customers in South Africa, South Korea, India and markets in Latin America.
Six electric models
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.
Currently, Volvo Trucks is scaling up production of electric trucks at three plants: in Gothenburg, Sweden; in Blainville, France; and in New River Valley, U.S.
In the third quarter of 2023, serial production will also start at Volvo’s largest factory in Ghent, Belgium.
Charging infrastructure required
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.
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