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Volvo Charges Up E-Garbage Trucks to Get Ahead of Tesla’s Rig

  • Swedish manufacturer will deliver first model to Hamburg area
  • CEO says cities are best-suited for battery-powered trucks
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In a few months time, Swedish truck-making giant Volvo AB will deliver its first all-electric model. The battery-powered eight-wheeler will ply the streets of Germany’s northern port city of Hamburg, picking up garbage.

While Chief Executive Officer Martin Lundstedt expects to go slow on the initial ramp-up, he sees the project as a harbinger for a rapid proliferation of battery-powered trucks to move goods and refuse around urban settings.