Amazon adds nearly 50 Volvo VNR Electric trucks

Amazon adds nearly 50 Volvo VNR Electric trucks

The fully electric trucks are expected to drive more than 1,000,000 miles each year through first- and middle-mile operations.

Amazon announced that it will roll out nearly 50 heavy-duty Volvo VNR EV trucks in Southern California. Amazon tells us the fully electric trucks will haul cargo containers and customer packages in first- and middle-mile operations, which they expect will total more than one million miles each year.

First mile, or global logistics, is where goods are taken from the manufacturer, moved through customs, across oceans, into ports and into Amazon’s fulfillment network. Amazon said its electric drayage trucks have started hitting the road at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, with a dozen expected by the end of 2024. The electric drayage trucks transport containers from the ports to an Amazon facility in Santa Fe Springs, California, where items are prepared for the next leg in their journey—middle mile.

According to Amazon, trucks in middle mile move customer orders between fulfillment centers, sort centers, air facilities and delivery stations. From there, the packages are placed into last-mile vans to be dropped off to customers. The company already deployed 35 electric heavy-duty vehicles in Southern California and has installed more than 45 direct current (DC) fast chargers across 11 of its sites to power the trucks.

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“We’re proud to launch our largest fleet of electric heavy-duty vehicles yet in California,” Udit Madan, vice president of Worldwide Amazon Operations, said. “Heavy-duty trucking is a particularly difficult area to decarbonize, which makes us all the more excited to have these vehicles on the road today. We’ll use what we learn from deploying these vehicles as we continue to identify and invest in solutions to reduce emissions in our transportation network, and to impact sustainability in the trucking industry more broadly.”

“Within Amazon’s operations, the Volvo VNR Electric will provide zero-tailpipe-emissions transportation across a variety of different applications efficiently and sustainably. The Volvo VNR Electric was built on the already proven regional haul VNR platform which makes it well suited for drayage and middle-mile operations, particularly in areas of dense population and moderate to heavy traffic volumes,” said Keith Brandis, vice president, of partnerships and system solutions at Volvo Group North America. “We are thrilled to work with Amazon’s expansive fleet on their electromobility transition and help to pave the way for a more efficient and sustainable future.”

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The battery-electric Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric trucks, according to Amazon, have a range of up to 275 miles and a gross combination weight of 82,000 lbs.

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