Volvo Trucks has delivered eight heavy electric trucks to customers in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. These orders represent Volvo’s first sales of zero-exhaust emission trucks to South America.

Volvo Trucks says it is continuing to enter new markets with its battery electric trucks.

The company says there is a growing interest among transport companies in these South American countries to shift to more sustainable heavy transport methods.

Brazil is a particularly important market for Volvo Trucks. In 2022 Volvo delivered 26,159 trucks to customers in Brazil.

“Many haulers in Latin America have high ambitions regarding zero-emission truck transport. 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,” said Wilson Lirmann, President of Volvo Trucks Latin America.

In Brazil, Reiter Log, which is one of the largest logistics operators in Brazil, will begin using five Volvo FM Electric vehicles on various routes. The trucks will be rented through Volvo Financial Services.  In Chile, the two companies SQM and El Libertador have each begun using one Volvo FH Electric truck. In Uruguay, a Volvo FM Electric will be used by Bitafal.

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The electric versions of Volvo FH and Volvo FM can operate at a total weight of 44 tonnes. The trucks can have a range of up to 300 kilometres on a full charge.

Volvo Trucks is aiming for 50% of global sales of new Volvo trucks to be electric in 2030.