Electromobility

Electromobility offers cleaner transport solutions by reducing exhaust emissions and noise. It can also significantly reduce fuel cost for the customer.

The electromobility market includes fully electric vehicles and machines – powered or propelled solely by an electric motor – as well as hybrids, which have two sources of power.

With our extensive range of fully electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles, we are the world leader within the electromobility bus market

It is a new, important and growing market for the Volvo Group. We quickly realized society’s need for low carbon solutions to tackle climate change and have already developed and sold more than 2,500 hybrid city buses, for example. Such product innovation has helped us establish a strong presence and good reputation in the market. With our extensive range of fully electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles, we are the world leader within the electromobility bus market.

Some definitions

Alternative fuels
Fuels, including electricity, that can replace conventional diesel or ­petrol fuel derived from crude oil

BioDME
DME (dimethylether) derived from renewable material such as biomass, waste and agricultural products

Biomass
Biological material from which energy can be provided

Carbon-neutral transport
Carbon-neutral vehicles powered by fuels or electricity produced from sources and processes that add no excess carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere

DME (dimethylether)
A sulphur-free gas with ultra-clean combustion that is easy to liquefy – derived from fossils fuels (coal, natural and shale gas) or a variety of sustainable feedstocks (wood, black liquor and organic materials)

Fully electric vehicles
Vehicles and machines powered or propelled by an electric motor

Fossil fuels
Fuels based on fossil energy, primarily oil, coal and natural gas

HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil)
Vegetable oils or animal fat are converted into diesel-like molecules in a refinery process. The end product is similar to conventional diesel fuel

Hybrid vehicles
Vehicles and machines powered or propelled by two different power sources that are able to recover and store kinetic energy

Methane
Methane gas (CH4) is the main component of natural gas and biogas, in both compressed or liquefied form

Plug-in hybrid vehicles
Hybrid vehicles with rechargeable batteries, or another energy storage device, that can be fully charged by connecting to an external electric power source

Renewable fuels
Fuels, including electricity, produced from a renewable source – such as biomass, hydro, wind or solar power

Well-to-wheel
A concept that considers all relevant stages of the fuel chain, including cultivation and harvesting of the raw material, its transport to the fuel production plant, production and distribution of the fuel and its use in vehicles