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Volvo Trucks Corporation, stylized as VOLVO, is a global truck manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, owned by AB Volvo.

The truck industry would be able to phase out the sale of polluting trucks as early as the end of this decade if charging and refuelling infrastructure was rolled out fast enough

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But Gerrit Marx, chief executive, warned that an expected lack of charging stations that could cater to large, long-distance vehicles was likely to hold back buyers.

“If you take infrastructure off the table [as a barrier], if it’s available today, the industry could go zero emission by 2030 or 2035,” he told the Financial Times.

However the prediction is “theoretical,” he added, because “the network of refuelling and recharging will not be there I’m afraid”.

Three of the largest truck manufacturers — Daimler, Volvo and Scania-owner Traton — are already planning to spend €500m putting in 1,700 charging stations for electric lorries across Europe. The industry estimates it needs 50,000 chargers across the continent by the end of this decade.

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Europe’s DFDS orders 100 Volvo FM Electric trucks

Volvo FM Electric

Volvo FM Electric

First deliveries of the Volvo FM Electric to DFDS will start in the fourth quarter of 2022 and continue throughout 2023. The trucks will be used for both short and long transport in the DFDS logistics system in Europe.

DFDS provides ferry and transport services in and around Europe. Its 10,000 employees are located across more than 20 countries. DFDS is headquartered in Copenhagen.

Niklas Andersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Logistics Division at DFDS, says »

At DFDS, we’re determined to play our part in reducing CO2 emissions and creating a sustainable supply chain. We know how important electrification is in the journey to reach our CO2 targets, and I hope we can inspire others as we move forward in this vital transition.

The FM Electric can carry 44 tons (gross weight) and has a range of up to 300 km. With a top-up charging session during lunch the distance can be extended.

The electrification trend in the heavy truck market is accelerating. In Europe, a few hundred trucks above 16 tons have been registered so far this year.

Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, says »

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.

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