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Volvo Trucks is bringing its all-electric semi truck to California in 2019

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Volvo Trucks, not to be confused with the maker of the XC40 and the V60, is getting ready to put its new electric VNR truck on California's roads starting in 2019, with sales beginning in North America in 2020, the company announced today.

The all-electric VNR regional transport truck is based on established EV technology that Volvo pioneered in its FE Electric city buses, introduced earlier this year.

Volvo Trucks' aptly named sister company Volvo Buses has managed to sell more than 4,000 electric buses since it launched them in 2010.

The FE Electric drivetrain consists of two electric motors that produce a maximum of 496 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.

The motors are paired with a two-speed transmission that can transmit a total of 20,651 lb-ft of torque to the truck's rear axle.

The system is available with battery packs of up to 300 kilowatt-hours that deliver a range of approximately 124 miles.

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