Volvo Trucks opens its first battery plant in Ghent

Volvo Trucks has inaugurated a factory for battery assembly in Ghent, aside from its plant for truck assembly to support its electrification program. The site will not complete cells but put together packs supplied by Samsung SDI.

Volvo Trucks already has several all-electric heavy-duty vehicles in its portfolio with the FH, FM, FMX, FE, and FL. Instead of importing the battery packs, the company can now assemble them in-house near the site in Ghent.

Up to six packs

“This investment shows our strong commitment to electrifying truck transportation. By 2030, at least 50% of all trucks we sell globally will be electric, and by 2040, we will be a carbon-neutral company,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

The battery packs have a capacity of 90 kWh. But they are installed on customers’ needs, depending on specific range and charging capability, with a maximum of six packs in Volvo’s biggest model. The company claims charging times of 2 hours on a DC charger and 11 hours on AC.

The packs are designed to be refurbished after use to serve as power walls. The new battery plant uses 100% green electricity.

Three more electric trucks

In 2019, Volvo’s first zero-emission truck production was set up, but with adoption expanding, the portfolio is growing this year with three additional badges. Volvo started taking orders for those trucks at the beginning of May and will deliver them in the fourth quarter of 2022.

“With the rapid development of charging networks, and improvements in battery technology, I am convinced that we will see a rapid transformation of the entire truck industry in the very near future,” concludes Roger Alm.

Apart from battery-powered trucks, Volvo Trucks is also launching fuel cell versions. It is constructing a dedicated plant for those models in a joint venture with Daimler Trucks near Stuttgart.

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