Here’s a video of from our European Correspondent, Will Shiers, he’s talking heavy duty electric trucks, but more specifically, the Volvo FH Electric, which has been selected as International Truck of the Year 2024. In explaining their decision, the jury praised the electric truck’s performance, seamless acceleration, quietness, and vibration-free behaviour.
Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, accepted the prestigious award during the prize ceremony at the Solutrans Transport Exhibition in Lyon, France.
“I am so very proud that our Volvo FH Electric has won this highly respected award. For the first time in history the transport industry has chosen an electric vehicle as Truck of the Year,” said Roger. “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 sincerely want to thank everyone who has contributed to this success. It’s based on great teamwork with passion and dedication among our colleagues within the Volvo Group, and close cooperation with our valued customers, partners and suppliers.”
This is the fourth time that Volvo’s iconic FH model has been named Truck of the Year. The Volvo FH is one of the industry’s most successful models ever with nearly 1.4 million trucks sold all over the world.
The Volvo FH Electric can operate at a total of 44 tonnes. Production of the Volvo FH Electric started in 2022 in Volvo’s factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, and production in the factory in Ghent, Belgium began in 2023.
At the IToY presentation Gianenrico Griffini, Chairma of the International Truck of the Year jury, 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.”