Amazon is losing 20 heavy-duty electric trucks from Volvo

Amazon is losing 20 heavy-duty electric trucks from Volvo

Volvo Trucks will deliver electric heavy-duty trucks to Amazon in Germany by the end of the year. The group announced that 20 FH Electric vehicles should cover more than one million kilometers of road every year.

“The key players in the transportation industry play an important role in the industry’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. That’s why I’m glad that Amazon is working with us on an electric vehicle in the heavy transportation sector,” says Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President of Management of Products in Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks started series production of heavy-duty electric trucks in September this year. The company explains that the availability of these vehicles for central and regional transport is an important step to reduce the carbon footprint of road transport. “We now have six models of electric trucks ready for order and in series production worldwide to meet the growing demand for CO2-reducing freight transport. This is an encouraging step in reducing the impact of climate change,” said Sandström.

Electric versions of its key products – the Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX heavy trucks – are set to play a key role in Volvo Trucks’ goal of having 50 percent of all new trucks sold be battery or fuel cell electric by 2030. These heavy-duty electric trucks can operate with a gross weight of 44 tons. The three models mentioned account for nearly two-thirds of the company’s sales.

At Amazon, electric trucks will replace their diesel counterparts. “At Amazon, we are committed to decarbonizing our entire delivery fleet. Above all, switching to zero-emission transport in the middle mile is a challenge,” says Andreas Marschner, Vice President Transport Services Europe at Amazon. “Therefore, the introduction of these first electric trucks is an important step for us. We operate one of the world’s fastest growing commercial power distribution programs and will continue to invest and innovate to deliver zero emission packages to our customers.”

Volvo FH Electric has a battery capacity of 540 kWh, the continuous output of the vehicle is 490 kW (666 hp). The range of one charge is up to 300 km. “But the Volvo FH Electric can cover up to 500 km in a typical working day if it is charged during a lunch break, for example,” emphasizes the manufacturer.