Like so many major automotive groups Volvo has announced that it is getting serious about electric trucks.

The Swedish truck manufacturing group has announced that from 2019 it will be selling electric trucks.

The company announced last week that it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019 and the first units will be put into operation with select customers in 2018.

“Electromobility is fully in line with Volvo Trucks’ long-term commitment to sustainable urban development and zero emissions,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America.

“By using electrically powered and quieter trucks for goods transport in urban areas, we meet several challenges simultaneously.

“Without disturbing noise and exhaust gases, it will be possible to operate in more sensitive city centers,” He added.

“Transport may also take place throughout less busy periods, for example in late evening and at night. This will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic, allowing both the road network and vehicles to be utilized far more effectively than today,” Nyberg said.

“Urban distribution and other pick-up and delivery applications are a starting point for battery-powered electric trucks, but we envision broader deployment of electric trucks for freight movement in North America as technologies and the market mature,” added Nyberg.

Volvo Trucks said it believes in order to improve the quality of life in urban environments, more sustainable transport solutions need to be adopted.

“Volvo’s technology and deep understanding of electromobility are based on proven commercial solutions already used in Volvo’s electric buses, and solutions introduced in Volvo’s hybrid trucks as far back as 2010,” said Keith Brandis Volvo Trucks North America vice-president for product planning.

“Electric vehicles will be part of our future, but the vehicles themselves are only one part of what is needed for large-scale electrification to succeed.

Enabling long-term sustainable transport is a complex issue that requires a holistic and wide range of measures. We are working closely with customers, cities, suppliers of batteries and charging infrastructure, and other key stakeholders to create the necessary framework for battery-powered electric trucks.”