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Sign of the times – Volvo FH Electric wins “Truck of the Year 2024” award

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Gianenrico Griffini (left), Chairman, International Truck of the Year presents the award to Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.
Gianenrico Griffini (left), Chairman, International Truck of the Year presents the award to Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

While South Africa continues to grapple with the basics of getting electricity to the nation, the move to electric trucks in Europe is steaming ahead and perhaps an accurate indication of the sign of the times is the awarding of the ‘International Truck of the Year 2024’ title to the Volvo FH Electric truck – the first time ever that an electric truck has won this award. 

The International Truck of the Year organization was launched in 1977 and is made up of 24 commercial vehicle journalists from major trucking magazines throughout Europe. The annual award is given to the truck introduced in the market in the previous 12 months that has made the most significant contribution to road transport efficiency. Several key criteria are evaluated, including technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, energy efficiency, environmental ‘footprint’, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

In explaining their decision, the jury praised the electric truck’s performance, seamless acceleration, quietness, and vibration-free behavior. “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,” stated Gianenrico Griffini, Chairman, International Truck of the Year. 

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 proud of this recognition. 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,” said Alm.

The Volvo FH Electric can operate at a total of 44 tonnes and production of the model started in 2022 in Volvo’s factory in Gothenburg, Sweden and production in the factory in Ghent, Belgium began in 2023. 

Volvo Trucks was the first global manufacturer to start series production of electric trucks back 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. Volvo Trucks is leading the market for heavy electric trucks in Europe with a market share of 49%.

As FleetWatch has reported in the Past, Volvo Trucks’ electric range was introduced to the South African market in June this year.

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