100 Volvo electric HGVs ordered by DFDS

Northern European shipping and logistics giant DFDS has ordered 100 Volvo FM electric HGV tractors. This is the largest commercial order from Volvo for its electric HGVs to date, and one of the largest ever in the world to date.

“This is a major milestone in our commitment to fossil-free transportation and I am very proud of the partnership we have with DFDS. Together we are showing the world that electrified heavy truck transport is a viable solution already today. I believe this will encourage many more customers to confidently take the first step in their own electrification journey,” comments Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.

The first Volvo FM trucks will be delivered to DFDS in the fourth quarter of 2022 and delivery will be completed in 2023. They are to be used for both short haul and long haul transport in the DFDS network across Europe.

“At DFDS, we’re determined to reduce CO2 emissions and create a sustainable supply chain solution to our customers. We know how important electrification is to reach our CO2 reduction targets. Placing the largest e-truck order to date at Volvo, we put action behind our ambition to reach 45% CO2 reduction target by 2030,” explains Niklas Andersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Logistics Division at DFDS.

The Volvo FM has a capacity of 44 tons and a range of up to 300km per charge. This range can be extended by plugging in during mandatory driver breaks. They can be slow charged on AC at the depot and fast charged on DC chargers.

Volvo has taken the lead in heavy electric trucks manufacture, commanding around 40% of the market at present – though this is of just a few hundred a year being registered. The company says that the numbers being ordered have grown significantly in recent months.

“Our clear aim is to drive the electric truck transformation and our market-leading position shows that we are definitely on the right track. Our target for 2030 is that half of our global truck deliveries will be electric. We are pleased to see that growing interest among our customers is starting to be reflected in firm orders, not least by this impressive order from DFDS,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

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