Volvo Trucks North America sold 50 VNR electric trucks to Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) start-up WattEV. The TaaS provides shippers and carriers access to Class 8 battery-electric trucks at a per-mile rate, including charging, that is on par with the total cost of operating diesel trucks. Over the next several months, the trucks will be deployed in WattEV’s Truck-as-a-Service model.
Volvo Trucks North America for VaaS model
To support its TaaS model, WattEV is building a public network of battery-electric truck charging depots to service major transportation corridors in California. The first public charging depots will feature 250 kW CCS chargers that will provide the Volvo VNR Electric trucks an 80% charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery packs. WattEV plans to expand the public charging network across the US and will scale its depots to provide 1.2 MW charging capability for ultra-fast charging.
«Volvo Trucks applauds WattEV’s unique approach to accelerating fleet electrification through its Truck-as-a-Service model, which aims to remove potential barriers to adoption so that fleets of all sizes can get access to electric trucks and perform local and regional delivery with zero-tailpipe emissions», commented says Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks NA. Volvo Trucks has been selling quite a lot of VNR electric trucks in North America.