Volvo’s FH is first fully electric ‘Truck of the Year’

The Volvo’s zero-emission heavy-duty truck, the FH Electric, is the first to get the ‘Truck of the Year 2024’ Award, issued by a jury of 24 commercial vehicle journalists from major trucking magazines throughout Europe.

The award is given to a truck introduced to the market in the previous twelve months, significantly contributing to road transport efficiency. According to the specialized journalists, several vital criteria are evaluated, including technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, energy efficiency, environmental ‘footprint’, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

According to them, the electric truck stood out in performance, seamless acceleration, quietness, and vibration-free behavior. “With the introduction of the FH Electric, Volvo Trucks has delivered a state-of-the-art battery electric vehicle range, suitable for a wide array of transport operations,” said Gianenrico Griffini, Chairman of the International Truck of the Year jury. “It’s proof that the energy transition is gaining strength even in today’s challenging business environment.”

Winning for the fourth time

This is the fourth time Volvo’s FH model has been named Truck of the Year. But this time, it’s the fully electric version. The Volvo FH is one of the industry’s most successful models, with nearly 1,4 million trucks sold worldwide.

Volvo Trucks announced in September it has finally kicked off serial production of heavy battery electric trucks up to 44 tons in its Ghent factory in Belgium. That is Volvo Trucks’ largest production site with a yearly capacity of around 45 000 trucks.

The electric trucks are assembled on the same platform and line as the diesel and gas-powered trucks in a production set-up that gives the factory a high flexibility when it comes to handling different variants and demands, the company states in a press release.

50 000 trucks in Ghent

Swedish truck builder Volvo Trucks started in 2022 series production of the fully electric range of its popular heavy trucks, the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo FMX, in the Tuve factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was prepping its Ghent (Belgium) factory to follow the next year.

Ghent will play a significant role in the group’s electrification, including battery manufacturing, as announced at that time in Ghent. By 2030, more than half of the 50 000 trucks built in Ghent will be battery-electric (BET). Electric and hydrogen trucks will be mixed on the same production lines as diesel trucks.

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