Volvo Trucks has delivered Morocco’s first heavy electric truck. The customer is Arma, and this is the first heavy battery-electric truck from a global manufacturer to be used in commercial operations in Africa.
Heavy electric truck deployment is now spreading around the world. With Europe and the United States at the forefront, the transition to more sustainable transportation is gaining traction in other parts of the world. The first heavy electric truck in Africa is now being delivered in Rabat, Morocco.
“This is a proud moment for us as we collaborate with our customer Arma and the city of Rabat to take the first step toward more sustainable, electric transportation in Morocco and Africa. This clearly demonstrates that zero-emission trucks have a place in many parts of the world. Volvo is the world’s first global brand to have heavy electric trucks in commercial use in Africa. We have the industry’s most extensive electric truck lineup, allowing us to electrify a large portion of heavy transports as early as today “Martin Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks Morocco, agrees.
Arma, a waste collection company in Rabat, will use the series-produced, zero-emission truck to collect waste. On a typical route, replacing the existing Volvo FE diesel truck with a Volvo FE electric truck could save approximately 30 tons of CO2.
Morocco has ambitious climate goals, which are supported by significant investments in renewable energy. The country is a solar power leader, and Noor Quarzazate, located 200 kilometers southeast of Marrakech, is home to the world’s largest concentrated solar power facility.
“We are proud to be the first waste management company in Morocco and Africa to invest in sustainable mobility in collaboration with Volvo Trucks. Arma is reducing its carbon footprint by electrifying our truck fleet, demonstrating yet again our commitment to the environment. Our intentions are clear: we will continue to invest in innovations that reduce emissions and benefit the environment, while also assisting our customers in meeting their own sustainability objectives “says Arma Group CEO Youssef Ahizoune.
The truck is a Volvo FE Electric, one of six all-electric Volvo truck models that are already on the market. Volvo Trucks has the most diverse range of electric trucks available for commercial transportation. The company’s global goal is to sell 50% of all new trucks that are electric by 2030.