Volvo Trucks Secures EPA Award

(Americas) Deployment of 70 VNR Trucks

Vehicle manufacturer Volvo Trucks has been awarded a US$21.7 million grant by the U.S. government to deploy electric trucks for regional freight distribution and drayage.

The award will support 70 Class 8 battery-electric VNR trucks in Southern California, and will be a testbed for future deployment. Vehicles will be delivered to fleet operators starting in 2021 through the third quarter of 2022.

“This grant provides Volvo Trucks with an excellent opportunity to further expedite the success of the ecosystem designed through the Volvo LIGHTS project to support the wide-scale deployment of battery-electric heavy-duty trucks,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America.

The trucks will provide detailed data to refine total cost of ownership calculations including actual vehicle maintenance and fuel cost savings as well as to fine-tune future production at Volvo’s New River Valley plant in Virginia. Funding was provided under the EPA Targeted Air Shed Grant Program.
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