Volvo Battery Trucks Line-Up for Work

Volvo Trucks has started a pilot program of real-world logistics testing of its Volvo VNR Electric trucks.

It has teamed up with supply chain solutions provider New Flyer Industries (NFI) providing two trucks as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project, becoming the third company to deploy its battery-electric trucks. The trucks will work alongside NFI’s commercial fleet hoping to demonstrate the commercial viability of battery-electric trucks to transport goods under a variety of operating conditions.

The pilot trucks will be based out of one of NFI’s warehouse facilities in Southern California that serves as a central distribution center for the region. Advantages of the battery-electric trucks include zero emissions while significantly reduce heat, noise and vibrations providing improved working comfort for drivers.

Volvo claims the enhanced torque curve of electric motors also provide superior throttle responsiveness and performance, especially in the heavy-idling, stop-and-go nature of urban goods movement which is particularly taxing for diesel trucks. Its LIGHTS pilot project will run through 2021, enabling Volvo Trucks North America to gather real-world operational data critical to the successful commercial scaling of these vehicles.

Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America, said:  “By participating in the Volvo LIGHTS project, NFI is helping to prove that Volvo’s VNR Electric trucks can handle the daily rigors of freight movement. NFI continues to be a leader in sustainability and it comes across in everything they do. NFI is realizing the immediate value the electric VNR provides, not just by eliminating emissions but creating an enthusiastic workforce complimenting the experience of driving these electric truck models.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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