Volvo Trucks has recently entered into a significant agreement with Holcim to sell 1,000 electric trucks by 2030. This deal marks the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks, signifying a major milestone in the transition to sustainable transportation. The initial batch of 130 electric trucks is scheduled for delivery between 2023 and 2024.
Holcim, with its headquarters in Switzerland, operates as a renowned manufacturer of building solutions worldwide. In collaboration with Volvo Trucks, the company and its contractors have outlined a comprehensive plan to deploy 1,000 electric Volvo trucks across Holcim’s European operations over the next decade.
The first set of heavy electric Volvo FH and Volvo FM trucks, comprising the initial 130 units, will be distributed to various markets, including France, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK, during the final quarter of 2023 and throughout 2024.
Jan Jenisch, Chairman and CEO of Holcim, highlighted the necessity of extensive collaboration across value chains for a successful net-zero transition. He expressed enthusiasm about partnering with Volvo to decarbonize Holcim’s European operations’ logistics through the adoption of electric fleets, with the ultimate goal of reaching 30% zero-emission heavy-duty trucks by 2030.
By replacing 1,000 existing Volvo FH diesel trucks with electric Volvo FH trucks powered by renewable energy sources on typical routes, this initiative has the potential to save up to 50,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
Both Volvo Trucks and Holcim are committed to the Science-Based Targets initiative, which encourages ambitious climate action within the private sector. Additionally, both companies are founding members of the First Movers Coalition (FMC), a collective effort among companies that leverage their purchasing power to create early markets for innovative clean technologies across eight challenging sectors.
It is important to note that the estimated CO2 savings mentioned are based on calculations using the Volvo Trucks Environmental Footprint Calculator. This calculation compares the CO2 output of an electric Volvo truck, weighing 44 tonnes and covering an annual mileage of 80,000 km, with a diesel comparator that uses 7% biodiesel and achieves an average consumption of 23 liters per 100 km.