Volvo Trucks has scooped a prestigious industry award for its Volvo FH Electric, with the model becoming the first-ever electric truck to be named International Truck of the Year. In explaining their decision, the jury praised the truck’s performance, seamless acceleration, quietness, and vibration-free behaviour.
Gianenrico Griffini, Chairman, International Truck of the Year, said:
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. It’s proof that the energy transition is gaining strength even in today’s challenging business environment.
Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, accepted the award during the prize ceremony at the Solutrans Transport Exhibition in Lyon, France.
He said: “For the first time in history, the transport industry has chosen an electric vehicle as Truck of the Year. The Volvo FH Electric represents a new era in trucking and winning this award clearly shows that the shift to zero emission transport is happening here and now.
I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this success. It’s based on great teamwork among our colleagues within the Volvo Group, and close co-operation with our valued customers, partners and suppliers.
This is the fourth time that Volvo’s FH model has been named International Truck of the Year. The Volvo FH is one of the industry’s most successful models of all time with nearly 1.4 million trucks sold all over the world.
The Volvo FH Electric can operate up to 44 tonnes. Production of the truck started in 2022 in Volvo’s factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, expanding to its factory in Ghent, Belgium in 2023.
Volvo Trucks was the first global manufacturer to start series production of electric trucks in 2019, and today it has a broad electric line-up with a total of six electric trucks designed to handle a wide variety of transport assignments.