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  • Magazine Article
  • 22TOFHP02_02
Published February 01, 2022 by SAE International in United States
  • English

Volvo Group CTO details the OEM's “mixed-model assembly” strategy for battery and fuel-cell electric vehicles and provides insights on infrastructure and the transition to autonomous.

Electrification for truck, bus and off-highway equipment manufacturers brings more technology hurdles than for carmakers. Some are attributable to the issues involved with larger vehicles and the accompanying powertrain demands. Lars Stenqvist, the chief technology officer of the Volvo Group whose products include trucks, buses, construction equipment, as well as marine and industrial engines, recently discussed some of the electrification issues with SAE Media Group Europe editor John Kendall.

Volvo Trucks has been gaining experience with electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing through small-scale production of battery-electric vehicle (BEV) versions of its FL medium-duty and FE middleweight truck ranges since 2019. Later in 2022, this experience will be used as the company also begins manufacture of electric variants of the heavy-duty FH and FM truck ranges. Volvo Buses also launched its BZL Electric chassis last fall.