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Volvo launches electric truck with 440km range

Volvo Trucks has launched in North America an enhanced version of its Volvo VNR Electric with an increased range of up to 440km.

The Volvo VNR Electric is one of Volvo Trucks’ six all-electric heavy truck models and is specially designed for the North American market.

The first generation of Volvo VNR Electric had an operating range of up to 240km (150 miles). Now an enhanced version of the class 8* electric truck is launched, with an operational range of up to 440km (275 miles) and increased energy storage of up to 565kWh.

Volvo Trucks says this improved performance is due to, among other things, improved battery design and a new six battery package option.

It claims the new Volvo VNR Electric also reduces the required charging time, as the 250kW charging capability provides an 80 per cent charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery package, and 60 minutes for the four-battery version.

Globally, Volvo Trucks has set the target that half of all trucks sold are electric by 2030.

“We are determined to lead the transformation of the transport industry. In only eight years’ time, our goal is that half of our global truck sales are electric,” according to Roger Alm, president Volvo Trucks.