The path to full electromobility begins in our cities. Here Anna Thordén, Product Manager, Electromobility, for Volvo Trucks explains how buses, trucks – and now construction machines – are steering us towards an electric future.
Adoption will happen slowly. We tend to see it starting segment by segment and then market by market. In Volvo Group’s experience, we benefit from a shared technology platform which has allowed us to go from our first hybrid electric bus and Volvo FE Hybrid 26 ton truck in 2010, to the first fully electric bus in 2015 and now today the first compact electric machines by Volvo Construction Equipment.
Norway has been one of the earliest adopters for electric transportation – a trend that is mirrored across Northern Europe – helped as these countries are by strong subsidies and cheap and extremely green electricity and hydropower. This is the ultimate goal for electromobility. Because when you power an electric truck through renewable energy sources you can expect an 85% reduction in CO2 emissions, that’s compared to the 20% reduction achieved via a more conventional electricity mix.
We then expect the rest of Europe, certain parts of the USA, such as California, and countries like Korea and Singapore to be among the most eager to take up electromobility – whether that is because of strong emission regulations or the desire to be seen making a difference in the fight against climate change.
Purchase subsidies and tax advantages are a key incentive to encourage more people to turn to electromobility, so ensuring that government authorities, city planners and of course the companies tendering for the work are on board at an early stage will also help to further boost its appeal.
But it isn’t all so straightforward. There are a number of hurdles to pass before electromobility can progress beyond our cities. These are:
The FL and FE Electric truck and electric machines by Volvo Construction Equipment that are on the market today are not just new models – they are paving the way towards a future that is less polluted, safer and more efficient. And we all have a social responsibility to make that happen.
Anna Thordén is Product Manager for Electromobility at Volvo Trucks. Prior to this, she worked as Chief Project Manager for many years at Volvo GTT, mainly on electromobility projects.
Image 1: Volvo Group has a strong focus on electromobility, as demonstrated by new launches from Volvo CE.
Image 2: The Volvo FE Electric is designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations.
Image 3:The silent and clean Volvo 7900 electric bus produces no climate emissions.
Image 4: The newly launched ECR25 Electric and L25 Electric compact machines are perfect for inner-city operations.
Image 5: Anna Thordén, Product Manager, Electromobility, for Volvo Trucks.