Volvo Trucks scores first BEV orders in Latin America

Volvo Trucks has delivered eight heavy-duty EVs to customers in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. These orders represent Volvo's first sales of zero-emission trucks to Latin America.

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The company sees a “growing interest among transport companies in these countries to shift to more sustainable heavy transport methods,” as demonstrated by these orders. 

Brazil is an already important market for Volvo Trucks. In 2022, Volvo delivered 26,159 trucks to customers in Brazil. However, the new orders are the first zero-emission vehicles.

Reiter Log, which Volvo describes as one of the largest logistics operators in Brazil, will begin using five Volvo FM Electric vehicles. The haulier will rent the trucks through Volvo Financial Services.  

Chilean lithium producer SQM (Sociedad Química and Minera de Chile) and El Libertador have each begun using one Volvo FH Electric truck in Chile. 

In Uruguay, a Volvo FM Electric will be used by Bitafal.

“Many haulers in Latin America have high ambitions regarding zero-emission truck transport,” says Wilson Lirmann, President of Volvo Trucks Latin America. “We are very proud and excited to have been chosen to support our customers as they now start their electrification journey. We believe that more transport companies will soon follow.”

Volvo Trucks was the first global manufacturer to start serial production of electric trucks in 2019. Today the ZEV line-up comprises six electric trucks that cover applications in city distribution and refuse handling, or regional transport and construction work. Volvo Trucks is aiming for 50% of global sales of new trucks to be electric in 2030.

The company is a division of Volvo Group headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo’s other truck operations comprise Renault Trucks and Mack Trucks in North America.


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