Volvo Trucks launches a new electric rear axle that offers an extended range.
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Volvo Trucks launches a new electric rear axle that offers an extended range.

The new electric rear axle made by Volvo Trucks frees up space for more batteries, which helps to increase the range.

Volvo Trucks unveiled a new fully electric rear axle for trucks at the IAA transport show in Hannover, Germany. The new axle frees up space for more batteries, which offers a longer range.

The new e-axle allows even more batteries on the truck by integrating the electric motors and the transmission into the rear axle. More battery offers more range to the truck and creates opportunities for long-distance transport.

On the fuel cell electric trucks, the new rear axle will be introduced in the second half of this decade. The additional space comes in handy for installing other components.

Volvo Trucks will start serial production of trucks with the new e-axle in a few years from now and it will complement the current line-up of battery electric trucks.

Jessica Sandstr├Âm, SvP Global Product Management at Volvo Trucks, said: This is a breakthrough for electric trucks and a clear signal that there will be a huge demand for public fast-chargers for heavy trucks in the near future, not the least along highways. We will continue with our versatile battery electric trucks that are already in production. They can currently cover a wide range of transport assignments. In a few years, we will add this new rear e-axle for customers covering longer routes than today. Different technical solutions are needed to tackle climate change since the availability of energy and fuel infrastructure differs between countries and regions and also between different transport assignments.

Volvo Trucks has a three-path strategy to reach zero emissions; battery electric, fuel cell electric, and combustion engines that run on renewable fuels like biogas, HVO, or even green hydrogen.

Recently, Volvo trucks started the production of heavy-duty electric trucks, FH, FM, and FMX. These trucks can operate at a total weight of 44 tonnes.

Volvo has the broadest electric truck lineup in the industry. With these new additions, the company has six electric truck models in series production globally.

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