Volvo’s FH Electric becomes the first electric truck to be elected International Truck of the Year. 

Volvo FH

Source: Volvo

The International Truck fo the Year (ITOY) award, presented on November 23, 2023, has recognised the FH Electric for its outstanding performance, seamless acceleration, quiet operation, and vibration-free behavior.

The jury, consisting of 24 commercial vehicle journalists from major trucking magazines across Europe including Will Shiers from our sister brand Commercial Motor, commends Volvo’s FH Electric for delivering a state-of-the-art battery electric vehicle range suitable for various transport operations. Gianenrico Griffini, Chairman of the International Truck of the Year, describes the FH Electric as a significant stride forward in the energy transition, especially in today’s challenging business landscape.

Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks, accepted the prestigious award at the Solutrans Transport Exhibition in Lyon, France, emphasising the historic nature of the achievement. This marks the fourth time that Volvo’s iconic FH model has been named ITOY, showcasing its enduring success with nearly 1.4 million trucks sold worldwide. The FH Electric, capable of operating at a total of 44 tonnes, commenced production in 2022 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and expanded to the factory in Ghent, Belgium, in 2023. The company leads the market for heavy electric truck sales in Europe, holding a substantial market share of 49%.

The International Truck of the Year award, launched in 1977, evaluates trucks introduced in the market in the previous 12 months that have made a significant contribution to road transport efficiency. Key criteria include technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, energy efficiency, environmental impact, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).