Niklas Andersson, left, head of DFDS Logistics Division, takes delivery of the company’s first Volvo FM Electric from Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm. - Photo: Volvo Trucks

Niklas Andersson, left, head of DFDS Logistics Division, takes delivery of the company’s first Volvo FM Electric from Volvo Trucks President Roger Alm.

Photo: Volvo Trucks

DFDS, Northern Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company, has ordered 100 Volvo FM Electric trucks, which Volvo Trucks said is the largest commercial order to date for its electric trucks and one of the largest ever for heavy electric trucks worldwide.

Deliveries will start in the fourth quarter and continue throughout 2023. The trucks will be used for short- and long-haul transport in the DFDS logistics system in Europe. 

“At DFDS, we’re determined to play our part in reducing CO2 emissions and creating a sustainable supply chain,” said Niklas Andersson, head of the logistics division at DFDS. “We know how important electrification is in the jour-ney to reach our CO2 targets, and I hope we can inspire others as we move forward in this vital transition.”

The vehicles can be charged both via overnight depot charging and via high-power DC fast charging en route. DFDS has chosen a financing solution provided by Volvo Financial Services. 

Volvo noted that the electrification trend in the heavy truck market is accelerating. In Europe, a few hundred trucks above 16 tons have been registered so far this year. Of these, approximately 40% are Volvo electric trucks.

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Hyzon fuel-cell-truck production: Hyzon Motors’ largest production site, which opened earlier this year with a capacity of up to 500 trucks per year, said it expects to increase capacity to up to 1,000 trucks per year in 2022. This will be achieved through operational updates and the addition of a second shift. Located in Winschoten, the Netherlands, it will be the European hub for vehicle assembly as well as the development of new vehicle technology such as hydrogen storage systems.

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