Volvo’s heavy electric truck, the Volvo FH Electric, has been selected as International Truck of the Year 2024 — the first-ever electric truck to win Europe’s top honor for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
The International Truck of the Year organization was launched in 1977 and is made up of 24 commercial vehicle journalists from major trucking magazines throughout Europe. The annual award is given to the truck introduced in the market in the previous 12 months that has made the most significant contribution to road transport efficiency.
Several key criteria are evaluated, including technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, energy efficiency, environmental footprint, and total cost of ownership.
Fourth-Time Win for the FH Model
In explaining their decision, the jury praised the electric truck’s performance, seamless acceleration, quietness, and vibration-free behavior.
“With the introduction of the FH Electric, Volvo Trucks has delivered a state-of-the-art battery electric vehicle range, suitable for a wide array of transport operations. It's proof that the energy transition is gaining strength even in today's challenging business environment,” said Gianenrico Griffini, chairman, International Truck of the Year.
Volvo President Roger Alm accepted the award during the prize ceremony at the Solutrans Transport Exhibition in Lyon, France, on Nov. 26.
“For the first time in history, the transport industry has chosen an electric vehicle as Truck of the Year," Alm said. "The Volvo FH Electric represents a new era in trucking, and winning this award clearly shows that the shift to zero emission transport is happening here and now."
This is the fourth time that Volvo’s FH model has been named Truck of the Year. Volvo said nearly 1.4 million FH model trucks have been sold all over the world.