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Volvo VNR Electric semi truck is eerily silent

This EV semi is set to enter operation later this year.

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Andrew Krok
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Aside from one crazy vinyl wrap, the Volvo Trucks VNR Electric doesn't look all that different from a standard semi cab, and that's by design.

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By maintaining the standard VNR shape, Volvo is able to integrate production of this new truck on the same lines as before.

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 The power electronics live in a giant box where the diesel engine would be, while batteries take the place of the fuel tanks.

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The electric motors live in the middle of the frame, hooking up to the driveshafts that send the power rearward.

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Volvo hasn't laid out too many specifications for the VNR Electric just yet.

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Sales aren't going to start in earnest until later in 2020. so Volvo Trucks is in no rush to deliver range figures or anything like that.

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What I do know is that the preproduction VNR Electric is running routes between 75 and 175 miles, with a gross vehicle weight of 66,000 pounds.

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Expect the VNR Electric to enter series production later this year.

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