Volvo Trucks launched a Turnkey Solutions program, a consolidated fleet management process for procuring vendor services, parts and products for electric vehicle (EV) charging. It also helps fleets with outlook planning for incentives, installation and interfacing with utility companies to streamline solutions for electric vehicle infrastructure development. The Turnkey Solutions electromobility program has two full-service partners, InCharge Energy and Gilbarco Veeder-Root, and is available to all Volvo Trucks North America customers.
“Identifying sources for charging infrastructure can be an overwhelming task for fleet managers, so now all aspects of EV charging are covered through the Turnkey Solutions program,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “We simplified the process for customers, allowing them to easily turn to our solution-oriented vendor partners who understand key aspects of the EV charging industry. This makes the electromobility transition easier for fleet managers, allowing them to focus on their daily business operations while a dedicated team solves their infrastructure installation and energization.”
The Turnkey Solutions program manages all aspects of the process to develop charging infrastructure and covers charging hardware, software, permitting, installation, all the interaction with the utility companies, and maintaining charging equipment, the company says. Customers can receive quotes from both InCharge Energy and Gilbarco Veeder-Root to support their charging needs and decide which way to move forward.
Infrastructure work sometimes starts early to cover lead times, Volvo notes, so the program offers customers charging options to allow both to occur in tandem so the charging infrastructure is installed and ready when the trucks are delivered. The company says that when customers sign up for the Turnkey Solutions program, they are paired with a Volvo Trucks dealer who advises them on three pathways for their EV infrastructure development:
- Designing the customers’ infrastructure plans, presenting funding and financing opportunities, and identifying implementation partners;
- Providing guidance and support to the customer as they manage components of their company’s own program; or
- Combining the two approaches where the customer manages their own infrastructure development but the charging hardware is acquired through Volvo Trucks’ Vendor Direct Shipping program, which allows customers and dealers to order equipment through the dealership parts portal.