Swiss-based building materials firm Holcim has confirmed it is to deploy up to 1,000 electric trucks from Volvo by 2030.
Delivery for the first trucks will start in the fourth quarter of 2023, representing the largest commercial order to date for Volvo electric trucks.
Both Holcim and Volvo are founding members of the First Movers Coalition (FMC), a coalition of companies that seek to use their purchasing power to create early markets for innovative clean technologies.
The deal is part of a wider partnership between Holcim and Volvo Group to deploy electric trucks across Holcim’s operations in Europe between now and 2030.
It is predicted that replacing diesel trucks with electric alternatives will reduce CO2 emissions from road transport by up to 50% per year.
‘Deep collaboration’ needed
Jan Jenisch, Holcim chair and CEO, said: “The net-zero transition requires deep collaboration across value chains.
“We are excited to be partnering with Volvo to decarbonise our European operations’ logistics with electric fleets, advancing our goal to reach 30% of zero-emission heavy-duty trucks by 2030.”
Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of Volvo Group, said: “Long-term collaboration and a strong commitment to really make a difference are essential for making big CO2 reductions a reality.
“I’m very proud of the partnership we have developed with Holcim, and the results we are achieving together.”
In November 2022, Holcim launched its upgraded 2030 climate targets, validated by the Science Based Targets initiative SBTi, in line with its sector’s new 1.5°C science-based framework.
Image: A Volvo electric truck. Credit: VanderWolf Images/Shutterstock
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