Volvo Trucks Unveils New Axle for Extended Electric Truck Range

The Volvo Trucks electric rear axle. (Volvo Trucks)

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Volvo Trucks unveiled its fully electric rear axle that is designed to free up space for batteries, the company announced Sept. 19.

The e-axle was presented at the IAA Transportation show in Hanover, Germany.

The design allows for more batteries on a truck by integrating the electric motors and the transmission into the rear axle. This translates to a longer range for electric trucks.

“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,” said Jessica Sandström, senior vice president of global product management at Volvo Trucks. “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.”

Volvo Trucks currently has six different models of battery-electric trucks in serial production.

The company will start serial production of cabover engine trucks with the new e-axle in a few years. This plan is part of a three-path strategy to reach zero emissions. That includes battery-electric, fuel cell electric and combustion engines that run on renewable fuels such as biogas. — Transport Topics

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