The new electric semi truck from Volvo Trucks will have a range of 150 miles on a single charge, compared to the Tesla Semi’s claimed range of 300 to 500 miles and the Nikola Two’s range of 500 to 750 miles.
While it’s easy to imagine every semi truck passing through a city on its way to or from somewhere far away, and the song “Convoy” creeps into your head as you imagine truck stops, hours-long CB radio conversations, and that strange time in the late 1970s when being a trucker was like being a modern-day cowboy, The truth is that many of those enormous trucks are just transporting goods from ports to warehouses, or even between warehouses within a metropolitan area.
That’s where the Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric truck from Volvo Trucks (a distinct company from Volvo Cars) comes in. The regional-haul vehicle has a limited range of up to 150 miles and a massive battery capacity of 265.1 kWh. According to Volvo Trucks, the battery can be charged to 80% in 70 minutes. The manufacturer also claims that during specific duty cycles, regenerative braking can return up to 15% of the vehicle’s energy to the battery.
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The truck has 455 horsepower and 4051 pound-feet of torque, and it can be outfitted with an 82,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating, so it should be able to haul practically anything a corporation can throw at it. Alternative energy solutions for regional hauling vehicles are also being developed by other automakers. Toyota has been researching and deploying hydrogen fuel cell trucks, while Daimler is working on electric trucks that are currently being tested by customers. In addition, Tesla and Nikola are developing electric semis in the near future.
The Volvo VNR Electric truck will be available in 2021 and will have features like as telematics, remote diagnosis, and real-time battery monitoring. While it’s doubtful that you’ll encounter these on the road between cities, they may soon pass you by as you drive through a large region.