Launching its ‘Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions’ project, Volvo Trucks showed electric conventional trucks running under camouflage as part of its first look at its North American heavy duty battery-electric project trucks.
Recently, Volvo Trucks in Europe started sales of electric trucks for urban transport and demonstrated electric concept trucks for construction operations and regional distribution. The LIGHTS project in the US is utilising existing electric technology within the Volvo Group to integrate those technologies into the existing North American VNR model.
LIGHTS is aa collaboration between 15 public and private partners to demonstrate the viability of all-electric freight transport in high-density traffic and urban areas. Volvo contributed $36.7 million for the project total of $90 million, and California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District administers the grant and oversees the Volvo LIGHTS project.
“The Volvo LIGHTS project demonstrates that for the entire endeavour to come together, it takes more than just the truck,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America. “It’s the delivery of the complete eco-system for zero-emission, heavy-duty transport, and taking responsibility for that ecosystem.
“You can only achieve this by having a common goal, fully integrated collaboration amongst all stakeholders, and agreeing to be pioneers together.”
The Volvo VNR Electric project trucks, the electric conventional trucks running under camouflage, will be put into real-world commercial operations with two of California’s leading freight companies, Dependable Supply Chain Services and NFI. In North America, the Volvo VNR Electric will be targeted at short and regional distribution applications like heavy urban delivery, container haulage and other applications where electric trucks will have the greatest impact.
Volvo Trucks in North America has said it will begin the first phase of serial production and commercial offering of the Volvo VNR Electric in late 2020.