Volvo Trucks has supplied CEMEX, a global construction materials company, offering cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates and urbanisation solutions, with its first fully electric and zero emissions heavy-duty concrete mixer truck.
This commercial battery electric vehicle (BEV) is the latest development of an agreement signed between Volvo and CEMEX in 2021, on global collaboration in electromobility solutions to achieve reduced carbon emissions and improved productivity.
The Volvo FMX electric heavy-duty truck, which was handed over at an event in Berlin, Germany yesterday, can complete a full day’s work with a single top-up charge during the regular break. It will be operating at a ready-mix concrete plant in Spandau in Berlin, starting this month.
Electrification of concrete transportation is challenging due to heavy loads and continuous mixing demands. As fully electric heavy-duty transport is gradually increasing, Volvo Trucks and CEMEX are working to develop and scale the technologies needed to make emissions-free transport also a reality in the demanding construction industry.
Roger Alm, Volvo Trucks president, said: “We are very happy to take this important step in the partnership with CEMEX. Both our companies have committed to ambitious sustainability targets and collaboration is the way to get there. T
“Together we will work to implement emission-free transport in the construction industry. Our electric trucks are zero emissions and their silent operation also provides a better environment for people working at construction sites, as well as for residents living nearby.”
CEMEX and Volvo Group are founding members of the First Movers coalition, a collaboration between the World Economic Forum with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, for companies to make purchasing commitments that create market demand for low-carbon technologies. Volvo Trucks and CEMEX are committed to reaching their ambitious sustainability targets and contributing to the decarbonisation of the global economy.
Fernando A González, CEMEX CEO, said: “CEMEX is committed to becoming a net-zero CO2 company; innovation and collaboration are at the core of this commitment.
“Our partnership with Volvo has incredible potential to contribute to the decarbonisation of our business. Rolling out our first fully electric ready-mix truck is a strong progress in that direction.”
Volvo FMX Electric Concrete Mixer Truck Spec:
Electric driveline: 2 motors, power 330 kW
Batteries: 4 batteries, 360 kWh
The mixer body is powered by a hydraulic system that gets its power from a traction battery
Wheelbase: 4.100 mm
Superstructure: Concrete Mixer, 9m³
Volvo Trucks has the most complete electric line-up in the global truck industry, with vehicles that can operate at a total weight of 16 to 44 tons. These cover everything from city distribution and refuse handling, to urban construction transports and regional haulage.
Volvo Trucks is the market leader in heavy electric trucks (≥ 16 tonnes) in Europe and the US. The company’s target is that half of its total sales of new trucks will be electric by 2030. Volvo Trucks is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the valuechain by 2040, at the latest.
Last year, Volvo Group along with TRATON GROUPandDaimler Truck,completed the final step in forming the previously announced joint venture for charging infrastructure in Europe. The new joint venture, with Anja van Niersen as appointed CEO, is expected to have a significant role in supporting the European Union’s Green Deal for carbon-neutral freight transportation by 2050.