Volvo LIGHTS Project Wins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has awarded the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project — led by South Coast AQMD and Volvo Trucks North America — with its 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability award. The award was presented during SCAG’s annual Regional Conference and General Assembly in May.

The Volvo LIGHTS project, which started in 2019 brought together public and private partners to design and implement a blueprint for the wide scale deployment of battery-electric trucks and equipment. This groundbreaking project is playing a pivotal role in making heavy-duty electric trucks a reality. It is a powerful tool to reduce air pollution and in the fight against climate change.

The project team includes South Coast AQMD, Volvo Group North America, NFI Industries, Dependable Highway Express (DHE), TEC Equipment, Shell Recharge Solutions (formerly Greenlots), Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, CALSTART, the University of California, Riverside CE-CERT, Reach Out, Rio Hondo College and San Bernardino Valley College.

South Coast AQMD contributed $4 million from the Clean Fuels Fund and awarded the Volvo Group a $45.6 million contract to design and implement the LIGHTS project. Volvo and its partners placed matching contributions to bring the total project value to more than $91 million. The three-year project took place in Southern California in regions within the top 25% of the state’s disadvantaged communities.

To learn more about the Volvo LIGHTS project, visit

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