Batteries Developed By Volvo Trucks Will Spread Across Brands


Volvo is going to increase synergy between its brands to lower the cost of electrification of trucks and buses.

Volvo FL Electric

The base for Sweden’s Volvo AB are Volvo Buses and Volvo Trucks, which already share a lot of solutions in terms of powertrains, batteries and charging.

Volvo Trucks recently introduced its first all-electric model FL Electric with 300 kWh packs, which is scheduled for 2019.

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Soon, Volvo tech (including battery packs) is expected to be used in two other Volvo companies:

  • Japan’s UD Trucks (BEV verion of the Quon heavy-duty truck around 2020)
  • Mack Trucks in the United States

Previous news indicated that Renault Trucks (subsidiary of Volvo) will introduce electric trucks in 2019.

“Volvo Trucks plans to share battery technology across its brands to tame development and production costs for the crucial but expensive component, as the world’s second-largest truck maker ramps up electric offerings, the company told Reuters on Monday.

As vehicle makers face growing costs to develop lower-emission vehicles and automated driving capabilities, Volvo Trucks, owned by Sweden’s Volvo AB, said it would “absolutely” make sense for its brands – which include Japan’s UD Trucks and Mack Trucks in the United States – to share battery technology.”

 In the case of buses, in North America, Volvo Buses shares tech with Nova Bus.

Volvo aims to leverage the scale of electrification, which will lower costs and it will show no mercy for those with only one or two electric products in the next couple of years.

Source: Reuters

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I’d add a clarification that Volvo AB, which makes trucks, buses and construction equipment, is a completely separate entity from Volvo Cars (the former sold the latter in 1998, and the latter is currently owned by Chinese company Geely). AFAIK, there is absolutely no R&D commonality between the two commonality.

Yes, and Ford owned Volvo cars for some years in between. Although Volvo Trucks shares nothing but a trademark with Volvo cars, Geely does have a minority investment in Volvo Trucks also. Something like 15% if I recall.

The same goes for Renault Trucks and Renault Cars, there is no longer anything in common but the trademark.

And.. The only reason Volvo sold it’s car division was to be able to buy Scania – which the EU denied them, after Ford bought the car division… But it was clearly OK by the EU, that VW could buy Scania . . Because VW is really a small company /sarc.

So an all electric heavy truck which might weigh as much as 15 times what a Tesla Model S weighs, will get a battery with 3 times the capacity of a model S battery? Well it is a start, if a small one. I hope they catch up soon. Numbers on the Tesla heavy truck point towards a battery about 10 times the the capacity of a model S battery. Still, there will be applications where 300 kWh is enough.

Catching up to what? Any other customer delivered trucks out there we can compare with?

It has as total loaded weight of 16 ton, and a 130 kW continues output engine. It’s a
distribution truck, not a play thing for the needs.