Volvo Delivering Battery-Electric Trucks to Amazon

Heavy-goods vehicles and other commercial vehicles currently make up about 36% of Germany’s domestic transport emissions. The availability of electric trucks for inter-city and regional haulage marks an important milestone for decarbonizing road transport.

Paul Myles, European Editor

October 14, 2022

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Retail giant Amazon will take delivery of 20 battery-electric Volvo trucks for its delivery services in Germany by year-end.

The Volvo FH Electric trucks are expected to drive more than 620,000 miles (1 million km) every year with zero tailpipe emissions. At present, heavy-goods vehicles and other commercial vehicles make up about 36% of Germany’s domestic transport emissions.

Volvo Trucks started series production of heavy-duty electric trucks in September. The availability of electric trucks for inter-city and regional haulage marks an important milestone for decarbonizing road transport.

The electric versions of Volvo Trucks’ most important product range – the heavy-duty Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX trucks – will play a major role in reaching the company’s 2030 global target of 50% of all new trucks sold be battery- or fuel-cell-electric. These electric heavy-duty trucks can operate at a total weight of 44 tons and the three models represent around two-thirds of the company’s sales.

The FH trucks that Amazon will use have a battery capacity of 540 kWh and a power output of 657 hp (490 kW) continuous power. Volvo says it has a range of up to 186 miles (300 km) but that it can achieve up to 310 miles (500 km) during a normal workday if a top-up charge is added, for example during the lunch break.

Jessica Sandström, senior vice president-product management at Volvo Trucks, says: “Big actors in the transport business play a key role in leading the industry’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. Therefore, I´m glad that Amazon is working with us to help reduce their emissions in longer and heavier transport assignments.”

For Amazon, the trucks will replace their diesel counterparts and play a key role in electrification initiatives through its transportation chain.

Andreas Marschner, vice president-transportation services Europe at Amazon, adds: “Amazon is committed to decarbonizing its fleet, and the middle mile has been a notoriously hard-to-abate sector. That’s why welcoming these electric heavy-goods vehicles from Volvo into our fleet is such a critical milestone. We’re operating one of the fastest-growing commercial transportation electrification programs, and we’ll continue to invest and innovate to decarbonize and deliver packages to customers with zero emissions.”

About the Author(s)

Paul Myles

European Editor, Informa Group

Paul Myles is an award-winning journalist based in Europe covering all aspects of the automotive industry. He has a wealth of experience in the field working at specialist, national and international levels.

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