Volvo’s heavy electric truck, the Volvo FH Electric, has been named the International Truck of the Year 2024 during an event held this week in Europe.
Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks, accepted the award on Wednesday night during ceremony at the Solutrans Transport Exhibition in Lyon, France.
“I am so very proud that our Volvo FH Electric has won this highly respected award. For the first time in history the transport industry has chosen an electric vehicle as Truck of the Year,” said Alm.
“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.”
In Europe, Volvo Trucks is currently leading the market for heavy electric trucks, with a market share of 49 per cent.
The jury praised the truck’s performance, seamless acceleration, quietness and vibration-free behaviour.
“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.
Production of the Volvo FH Electric started in 2022 in Volvo’s factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, and production at the factory in Ghent, Belgium began in 2023.
Though it’s the first time the manufacturer’s electric variant has won the title, this is the fourth time that Volvo’s FH model has been named Truck of the Year.
Nearly 1.4 million Volvo FH trucks have been sold around the world.