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Volvo LIGHTS Deploys First Electric VNR Truck Model

Volvo has taken a major technological step toward the future of heavy-duty electric trucks.

In June 2020, Volvo deployed its first electric VNR truck as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) program. South Coast AQMD administered funding and collaborated with Volvo, along with 13 other organizations to bring about this breakthrough moment in battery-electric truck technology.

The first truck is being operated by TEC Equipment to deliver parts between its dealerships in Fontana and La Mirada. NFI Industries and Dependable Supply Chain Services will also begin demonstrating the pilot Volvo VNR Electric trucks in their regional routes later this summer.

Volvo LIGHTS has also partnered with local colleges including Rio Hondo College and San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) to create electric vehicle repair and service technician programs to assist the region’s labor force in working with battery-electric freight trucks. Curriculums have been developed and classes are expected to begin this fall.

Volvo plans to obtain certification from the California Air Resources Board of its Class 8 battery electric truck for sale in California in 2020, which would enable fleets to apply for funding through the Volkswagen (VW) Settlement for ZeroEmission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks. The first installment of the VW settlement funding for zero-emission trucks is $27 million and went before the Board on August 7, 2020 for approval. Applications for this funding will open beginning August 18, 2020. More information can be found at: www.aqmd.gov/vw.

To learn more about the Volvo LIGHTS project, visit www.lightsproject.com.

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