Volvo Vans has unveiled a brand new all-electric rear axle at IAA Transportation. The brand new electrical axle permits more room for batteries within the truck by means of integrating the electrical motors and transmission into the rear axle. In keeping with Volvo, this must carry benefits particularly in long-distance shipping.
In spite of everything, more room for batteries method extra attainable vary. In keeping with an organization remark, Volvo Vans intends to start out collection manufacturing of vans with the brand new electrical axle force “in a couple of years”. In the meanwhile, Volvo does no longer supply technical main points at the new element. Best this a lot: No longer simplest BEV but additionally gas mobile cars are to profit: Whilst the electrical axle force in battery-electric vans creates more room for batteries, the extra area in hydrogen vans is for use for the “set up of alternative parts”.
“It is a step forward for electrical vans and a transparent sign that there might be an enormous call for for public fast-chargers for heavy vans within the close to long term, no longer the least alongside highways,” mentioned Jessica Sandström, SvP World Product Control at Volvo Vans. Projects on this course exist already: as is widely known, Volvo is cooperating with Daimler Truck and the Traton Workforce to arrange a high-performance charging community for heavy vans and coaches in Europe by the use of a three way partnership.
Volvo Vans these days has six battery-electric vans in the marketplace. In keeping with Sandström, the manufacturing of those vans might be persisted. In a couple of years, she mentioned, they’ll then “upload the brand new electrical axle – for purchasers who need to go back and forth longer distances than these days.”
Like Daimler Truck, Volvo Vans could also be pursuing a two-track manner within the construction of zero-emission vans. The Swedish corporate isn’t just operating on BEVs but additionally on FCEVs. The latter are scheduled to come back onto the marketplace in the second one part of this decade. Trying out in industrial shipping – Volvo Vans specifies in a contemporary announcement – will get started with decided on shoppers in Northern Europe in 2025.
“I imagine that the pilot checks will spotlight the opportunity of gas mobile electrical vans. The checks will run in a difficult, harsh local weather and it additionally give us a superb opportunity for riding with heavy so much up 65 tonnes,” Sandström mentioned.
Volvo’s electrical vans might be provided with two gas cells with an output of 300 kW and a refuelling time of lower than quarter-hour. The gas cells might be provided by means of Cellcentric, the three way partnership between Volvo Workforce and Daimler Truck AG.