Volvo deploys first electric VNR – Truck News

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FONTANA,
Calif. – Volvo Trucks North America has deployed its first VNR electric truck
as part of the Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solution (LIGHTS) project.

TEC
Equipment’s Fontana, Calif., dealership is operating the truck, delivering
parts between its dealerships.

“Volvo Trucks is proud to lead the way in
the sustainable electrification of freight movement. Working
with our dealership, TEC Equipment, to pilot
the first Volvo VNR Electric on the road and in
real-world applications is an exciting step toward
our plans to commercialize these zero-emission trucks in North
America this fall,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of
Volvo Trucks North America. “The all-electric Volvo VNR will
become the ideal truck model for short- and regional-haul
applications, such as urban distribution and drayage.” 

(Photo: Volvo Trucks North America)

TEC
has two 50-kW chargers in its shop, as well as a 150-kW charger outside its
facility to enable charging.

“This experience in designing, planning, and
installing high-power chargers for electric trucks has taught us how
critical it is to engage a variety of stakeholders early on,” said Aravind
Kailas, advanced technology policy director for Volvo Group North America. “The
Volvo LIGHTS project has provided valuable insight into how to build realistic
project timelines. Despite the unavoidable delays due to the COVID-19
situation, we’re proud the team has been able to continue moving the
project forward.”   

“We are proud that our
Fontana dealership will be first in in North
America to pilot the Volvo VNR Electric model,” added Dave Thompson, president and CEO
of TEC Equipment. “Through the Volvo LIGHTS project, we
are gaining valuable hands-on experience for our drivers and
maintenance staff to ensure that we are well prepared to support the widescale deployment
of these advanced, zero-emission trucks throughout the Southern
California freight corridor.” 

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