TOKYO – Volvo Trucks affairs to allotment array technology beyond its brands to acclimatized development and assembly costs for the acute but big-ticket component, as the world’s second-largest barter maker ramps up electric offerings, the aggregation told Reuters on Monday.
As agent makers face growing costs to advance lower-emission cartage and automatic active capabilities, Volvo Trucks, endemic by Sweden’s Volvo AB, said it would “absolutely” accomplish faculty for its brands – which accommodate Japan’s UD Trucks, Sweden’s Scania and Mack Trucks in the United States – to allotment array technology.
“We’re absolutely appetite to reclaim a lot back it comes to big-ticket components, which are big-ticket back it comes to development and assembly costs … not alone amid the barter brands but additionally the bus brands and architecture equipment,” Lars Stenqvist, arch technology administrator at Volvo Accumulation Trucks Technology, said in an interview.
“The account of the accumulation is that we can get aerial volumes back we re-use apparatus beyond the group.”
UD Trucks said it planned to barrage an all-battery electric adaptation of its Quon able barter about 2020, afterwards Volvo Trucks beforehand this ages appear it would barrage lithium-ion array powered, medium-duty trucks for deliveries and debris accumulating in Europe in 2019.
“Since we allotment technologies and platforms, it won’t be difficult for us to do this,” said Douglas Nakano, chief carnality admiral of UD Trucks Technology during the aforementioned interview.
“Technologically speaking, we are ready.”
Daimler AG-owned Japanese battling Mitsubishi Fuso began affairs an electric adaptation of its Canter commitment trucks in Japan and the United States aftermost year, accretion into Europe beforehand this year, while Volkswagen AG’s barter analysis has said it affairs to barrage a medium-duty barter in North America by backward 2019.
New technologies which accept been abolition the acceptable auto industry are additionally affecting the barter and abundant accessories industry, as electric car maker Tesla Inc is accretion into electric trucks, announcement aftermost year it planned to alpha bearing a able archetypal by 2019.
To break competitive, a growing cardinal of agent makers are aggravating to abate development costs by leveraging scale, with the barter units of Volkswagen and Toyota Motor Corp announcement beforehand this ages that they were basic an alliance.
Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu.
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