Volvo Trucks is opening its very first battery assembly plant. Located in Ghent, Belgium, the plant will supply ready-to-install batteries for Volvo Trucks’ full-electric heavy-duty trucks.
“This investment shows our strong commitment to electrifying truck transportation. By 2030, at least 50 percent of all trucks we sell globally will be electric. And by 2040, we will be a carbon-neutral company,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.
In the new battery plant, they will assemble cells and modules from Samsung SDI into battery packs. Moreover, they are tailor-made for Volvo Trucks´ heavy-duty electric range: Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo FMX. Series production starts in the third quarter of this year.
Shorter lead times and increased circularity
Each battery pack has a capacity of 90 kWh, and the customer can choose to have up to six battery packs (540 kWh) in a truck. The number of batteries depends on each customer’s specific range and load capacity demands.
“By integrating the battery assembly process in our production flow, we can shorten lead times for our customers and secure high-performing batteries while at the same time increase circularity,” says Roger Alm.
In addition, the plant is designing Volvo Trucks´ batteries so that later we can remanufacture, refurbish, and reuse them. Moreover, 100% of power in the plant comes from renewable energy.
Electric solutions for most transport needs
With the production of three heavy-duty full-electric models starting this year in Europe, Volvo Trucks will offer a total of six electric truck models globally, covering everything from city distribution and refuse to handle to regional transport and construction work.
“We started series-production of electric trucks already in 2019 and are leading the market both in Europe and North America. With the rapid development of charging networks, and improvements in battery technology, we will see a rapid transformation of the entire truck industry in the very near future,” says Roger Alm.