Volvo Trucks expands Certified EV dealer network into three new states

Volvo Trucks expands Certified EV dealer network into three new states

Vanguard Truck Centers has completed its Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealer program at five locations.

Volvo Trucks North America announced that Vanguard Truck Centers has completed its Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealer program at five locations: Phoenix, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia (Forest Park); Charlotte, North Carolina; and Austin and Houston, Texas.

With the addition of Vanguard’s five locations, Volvo Trucks has now expanded its Certified EV Dealer network into three additional states — Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina — bringing its total to 50 certified dealership locations in 24 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces across North America. 

“It is inspiring to see Vanguard Truck Centers making the investment to certify multiple locations simultaneously across the United States and continuing the expansion of the Volvo Trucks electromobility ecosystem,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America.

To become a Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer, Vanguard took advantage of a new financing program offered to dealers by Volvo Financial Services (VFS) that enabled its dealerships to install onsite charging stations and dedicated EV service bays, acquire diagnostic tools and personal protective equipment for technicians working with high-voltage systems, and purchase parts inventory for the VNR Electric model. Similarly, VFS recently introduced new financing options for fleets to support the cost of installing charging infrastructure, as well as service and maintenance plans, Volvo notes.  

Founded in 1989, Vanguard Truck Centers has 26 locations spanning Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Illinois, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Vanguard has trained 10 technicians, two at each location, to perform routine battery-electric truck maintenance and repairs for customers’ trucks in operation. The first five locations are now prepared with certified EV sales and service representatives to support customers as additional fleets begin to adopt zero-emission vehicles. The dealer group says it plans to continually evaluate each location for additional training and certification opportunities as market demand grows for zero-tailpipe-emission solutions.  

“We are very excited with the response from our customers regarding Vanguard’s commitment to supporting electric vehicles. Battery-electric trucks are an important part of the future of trucking and our customers want to be a part of this exciting new technology – we are getting inquiries daily,” said John Thomas, executive vice president of new truck sales at Vanguard Truck Centers.

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