Volvo Vans leads the electrical truck market in Europe


New statistics present that Volvo Vans is the market chief for all-electric heavy vans in Europe with a market share of 42 per cent. In 2021 the corporate took orders, together with letters of intent to purchase, for greater than 1,100 electrical vans worldwide.

The worldwide street transport trade is present process a change in direction of extra sustainable logistics as gross sales of battery electrical heavy vans are beginning to choose up, with Europe within the lead. An growing variety of all-electric heavy vans are actually operating in industrial site visitors.

Statistics from the market evaluation group IHS Markit present that in 2021 a complete of 346 electrical vans (≥16 tonnes) have been registered in Europe – a rise of 193 per cent from 2020. Volvo Vans has the biggest market share at 42 per cent. The nations in Europe with probably the most electrical vans registered (≥16 tonnes) are Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and The Netherlands.*

“We’re decided to drive the electrical truck revolution and our market main place in Europe is proof that we’re doing simply that. Even when volumes are nonetheless low, we see quickly rising curiosity, each in Europe, North America and in different components of the world. It’s shortly turning into a key aggressive benefit for our prospects to have the ability to supply electrical, zero emission vans,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Vans.

Nevertheless, while figures from IHS Markit don’t embody the UK, Christian Coolsaet, Managing Director of Volvo Vans UK & Eire, estimates the UK would seemingly rank no greater than eighth within the desk, regardless of being one of many largest industrial automobile markets in Western Europe.

He says: “While you have a look at the incentives provided in different European markets, it’s clear that the UK Authorities wants a extra strong technique to drive the change to e-mobility for HGVs. Different nations have put way more on the desk to assist operators in making the swap, similar to Norway, the place one measure they’ve adopted consists of the state-owned enterprise Enova funding electrical autos with as much as 50 % of the extra investments in comparison with a diesel truck.

“We additionally must see instant funding in a nationwide charging infrastructure to assist electrical HGVs. It’s not product availability which is able to delay our potential to dramatically cut back CO2 emissions inside this sector – it’s the dearth {of electrical} infrastructure. Constructing a renewal power charging community is significant if we’re to hit our internet zero targets.

Final 12 months Volvo Group introduced a three way partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans and the Traton Group to arrange an organization which is able to roll out charging factors for HGVs throughout Europe, and the primary websites to get these charging factors might be motorways.

“As producers we’re demonstrating our dedication to e-mobility – however a collaborative strategy with Authorities is essential if we’re to fulfill our international local weather aims,” explains Coolsaet.

Volvo Vans started serial manufacturing of electrical vans in 2019, as one of many very first truck manufacturers on this planet to take action. At present Volvo provides probably the most full electrical truck line up within the international truck trade and has delivered electrical autos to a variety of consumers in Europe, North America and Australia. The corporate’s goal is that half of its whole truck gross sales might be electrical by 2030.

Alm provides: “Clearly, these numbers present that we’re off to an excellent begin in gross sales. With our broad electrical truck line up, it’s now attainable to impress a big a part of the heavy street transport sector already as we speak. This proportion will develop even bigger as the gap that electrical vans can drive will increase and the charging infrastructure for heavy vans turns into additional developed.”


*IHS Markit statistics on the overall variety of registered vans (≥16 tonnes) in Europe in 2021, excluding UK (unavailable at time of going to press):



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