Volvo Releases New Vera Electric Semi Truck Video

DEC 21 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 21

Will the Volvo semi become a new leader in the future of electric, autonomous semi trucks?

Volvo has everything it takes to succeed in the electric, autonomous semi truck market. While it may be years before Tesla brings its all-electric semi truck to market, we’re well aware of its potential. Additionally, we already know that Nikola is working on a plug-in electric freight hauler, though it will be a fuel-cell truck. In addition, Daimler currently holds a substantial leg in the segment. However, Volvo is tried and true when it comes to haulers, and its autonomous tech and safety features are arguably unrivaled.

We’ve reported before about Volvo’s future plans for the Vera electric, autonomous semi truck. However, aside from the earlier press release, we don’t have a whole lot to report on here. However, the image that you see above is surprisingly the actual “hauler” or powertrain if you will. Notice it looks like a car, but has no passenger cabin. You’ll have to check out the short video to learn more.

Do you think this type of concept can really make waves? We have no doubts about the Volvo semi plans, but still, it’s quite revolutionary to say the least. Will it come to market in this configuration? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Video Description via Volvo Trucks on YouTube:

Volvo Trucks – Designing Vera and the future of transportation

Vera, an autonomous, electric vehicle, is unlike anything seen from Volvo Trucks before. It presented Volvo Trucks’ design team with many challenges, but the final result is a design that embodies Volvo Trucks’ vision for the future, lifts its technological accomplishments and gives the vehicle personality and identity.

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21 Comments on "Volvo Releases New Vera Electric Semi Truck Video"

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Sure ,this can work it would be employed on a companies own property at first, shuttling trailers around, eventually ,it would be freed to roam further.Nice how Nikola was not disparaged and Daimler and Volvo mentioned re semis.

Right now they have a few autonomous trucks (with a full driver cabin), that is used to hawl lime stone in a quarry in Norway, to a port. Will take some time to release them in normal traffic as well though. Rules says they have to have a driver in the cabin in normal traffic.

Why do you say “almost” no passenger cabin? I see none at all. What am I missing?

You need a small cabin for manual driving on certain segments or in certain conditions. At least for the next decade.

It originally said “no.” I changed it to almost when a few others said there may be a small cabin manual driving. But that clearly isn’t the case. I changed it back.

I thought I saw a steering wheel in the dark black section for a second.

Yes perhaps.

“You need a small cabin for manual driving on certain segments or in certain conditions. At least for the next decade.”

That’s just what I was thinking. It’s good to see some planning for and/or experimentation with fully self-driving trucks, but it’s years premature to think this sort of thing can function anywhere other than some vary narrow niche applications. States will not soon allow fully autonomous vehicles on their pubic roads with no safety monitor inside the vehicle. And how would someone on the ground directing traffic inside a freight yard or port area signal the vehicle where to go, and when to stop or go?

Solutions for situations such as those like this will have to be worked out before something like this can be a practical working vehicle.

Why signal it when you can send it directions electronically? And it’s not hard to include a reading of a person holding some kind of sign of where to go and follow it.

Autonomous trucks will of course be deloployed in the easiest ways first, but it is far from niche. For example driving between distribution centers is a huge part of trucking miles and would be fairly simple since it’s basically just roll onto the highway and then just leave the highway at another distribution center.

Would think that some sort of aerodynamic system to cut the air ahead of the brick shaped trailer would be beneficial to range

Not at the speed this vehicle travels.

Why, is it restricted to low speeds? (I am unable to watch the video.)

It’s for terminal handling.

Has the Teamster’s Union made any comment?

I am sure it will be about an iconic rear end, but probably not in relation to the tail light design.

Does a trailer need to be 8 feet tall?
If you are hauling 8 foot tall loads perhaps
but much of it is 4 foot tall pallets of boxes.

My understanding was that this is a low speed “yard goat” to run between the port and the Geely (Volvo Cars) factory in Göteborg (Gothenburg to you yankees). It is essentially an off-road “hosteler” or “drayage” truck and completely autonomous, running fixed routes over short distances.

If it was used by a pharmaseutical company would it be a yard mule?

Looks like the Batmobile.

Forbes reported on this a few months ago also, it is only for ports, factories, and logistics centers, On road use is a long time in the future. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanbaptiste/2018/09/16/new-volvo-trucks-autonomous-semi-is-a-cabless-tractor-pod

After all the incredible work done by the engineers, did the designers just forget about trying to reduce the aerodynamic drag of the trailer? Are fancy headlights really more important?

I’ve just read in the comments that this is designed for low speed, site based usage. Spectacular article fail.