Two Volvo VNR Electric trucks will kick off new California pilot program

Two Volvo VNR Electric trucks will kick off new California pilot program

Volvo says the VNR battery-electric trucks are ideal for drayage operations due to their operational efficiency in tight spaces.

Volvo Trucks North America announced that two Class 8 VNR Electric trucks will be used to launch the ONE Electric Truck Program, a pilot program which offers small drayage fleets in Southern California a free three-month lease on the zero-tailpipe emission Volvo VNR Electric trucks.

The ONE Electric Truck Program was developed by Ocean Network Express (North America) Inc., (ONE) a global container shipping company that services the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, to facilitate the transition to zero-emission vehicles for small drayage fleets which are essential to the operation of the ports. Volvo Trucks North America customer BoxLinks (member of LX Pantos) is ONE’s regional partner and purchased the two Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric trucks. According to Volvo, BoxLinks will manage the leasing contract and operations on the program that will provide small fleets the opportunity to experience the benefits of the BEV truck and determine if it is an operational fit for their fleet prior to making a purchase decision.  

The ONE Electric Truck Program will manage the short-term rentals of electric trucks that are inclusive of charging, insurance and the vehicle lease agreement. Maintenance will be handled by Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle Dealer TEC Equipment – La Mirada and covered under the Volvo Gold Contract, a service offering that includes scheduled and preventative maintenance, towing and vehicle repair including the vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries.

“At Volvo Trucks North America, we’re excited about the transformative potential of electromobility. Our collaboration with BoxLinks and the ONE Electric Truck Program is a significant step in this direction,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “The Volvo VNR Electric trucks represent a total transportation solution, backed by an electromobility ecosystem of support. This unique initiative is about more than just expanding the adoption of electric trucks; it’s about supporting smaller fleets in their understanding of what the transition to zero emissions vehicles entails so that they can also prepare to drive the industry towards a more sustainable future.”

This new program will deploy two enhanced Volvo VNR Electric trucks that feature a six-battery pack configuration with a total battery capacity of 565 kWh, according to Volvo. The two Volvo VNR Electric trucks were funded in part by CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

The ONE Electric Truck Program also includes charging at Forum Mobility’s charging depot at the Port of Long Beach. Additionally, Forum Mobility is building a network of charging depots around California’s busiest ports, and along common trucking routes to warehouse destinations. Volvo says this network offers a one-stop solution that makes it easy for carriers servicing marine terminals to access BEV trucks.

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