Volvo’s Sporty Looking Self-Driving Electric Truck Takes on Its First Job

By: | July 25th, 2019

Image courtesy Volvo Trucks

Vera, a new truck concept by Volvo Trucks, does not have a cabin to accommodate a human being as a driver. Vera has discarded the cabin completely, so that it can more efficiently tow goods around ports and factories.

Vera has already earned its first assignment, which is a result of collaboration between Volvo Trucks and the ferry and logistics company, DFDS.

Unveiled in September last year, company has plans to have fleets of Veras moving around ports, factories, and other facilities carrying huge loads.

Here are some of its features:

  • Vera is intended to be used for regular and repetitive tasks that will cover relatively short distances, large volumes of goods and high delivery precision.
  • Unlike other electric trucks, it has four wheels and a low-profile body that makes it easily latched onto by the conventional trailers and load carriers.
  • Vera is powered by the same drivetrain and battery packs found in standard Volvo’s electric trucks.
  • Vera will be connected to a cloud service and it can be monitored online.
  • Control centre can track the live location of the truck, the load it is carrying, service requirements and much more.
  • In comparison with other conventional trucks, Vera is the zero-emission and low maintenance truck.
  • Vera has the potential to make transportation safer, cleaner and more efficient.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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