Volvo Trucks is receiving some major orders for its VNR Electric Class 8 trucks in North America. The Swedish manufacturer, whose efforts towards emissions reduction are proven also by the creation of a broad and virtuous global network of partners, has just announced an order received by the warehousing and distribution company Performance Team – A Maersk Company for 16 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks. The deal marks the largest commercial order of the North American zero-tailpipe emission model to date.
Designed for local and regional freight distribution, the Volvo VNR Electric improves local residents’ quality of life by decarbonized and quiet transportation on urban streets and roadways. The significant reduction of noise and vibrations also creates a best-in-class, clean and comfortable working environment for drivers.
The new Volvo VNR Electric models as part of a decarbonization strategy
The acquisition of the new Volvo VNR Electric models is part of Maersk’s Environment Social Governance strategy to decarbonize logistics. Performance Team – A Maersk Company is participating in a State of California South Coast Air Quality Management District grant to reduce emissions in the transportation sector by replacing diesel trucks with electric trucks and creating new, future charging infrastructure.
«We’re seeing a 30% growth rate in our warehousing and distribution business. Customers are looking for more truck power to meet high volume delivery demands. This new order of Volvo VNR Electric trucks will give us firsthand experience on their performance carrying regional loads and environmental benefits. Our findings will help determine next steps in our fleet modernization and the electric infrastructure necessary for future operations», said Jason Walker, executive vice president of operations of Performance Team – A Maersk Company.
Production of the Volvo VNR Electric began in Q2 2021 at the company’s New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia. «The shift toward electrification is an exciting time in the commercial truck space and Performance Team – A Maersk Company is leading the way with its largest order of the only battery-electric Class 8 model in scalable serial production today. Through its commitment to deploy 16 Volvo VNR Electrics by the end of 2021, Performance Team – A Maersk Company has demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and this is another great step forward in reducing the trucking industry’s overall carbon footprint», pointed out Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America.
Five trucks headed to Manhattan Beer Distributors
Talking about North America, Volvo Trucks has recently delivered five zero exhaust emission Volvo VNR Electric trucks to its customer Manhattan Beer Distributors. The trucks are joining the New York City-based beer and beverage distributors’ fleet of more than 400 delivery trucks to service customers throughout New York City, Long Island, and the surrounding counties.
It is quite interesting to mention that, in order to support the charging of its battery-electric fleet, Manhattan Beer Distributors has installed three Level 3 DC fast chargers at its Bronx facility that can fully recharge its Volvo VNR Electric trucks up to 80 percent in 70 minutes. Manhattan Beer Distributors’ battery-electric trucks were the first Volvo VNR Electric models to enter full serial production at Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia, which assembles all Volvo trucks sold in North America.
«As one of the largest beverage distributors in the U.S., Manhattan Beer Distributors recognizes the broad sustainability impact that we can make by eliminating our fleet’s tailpipe emissions», said Simon Bergson, founder, president & CEO of Manhattan Beer Distributors. «Volvo Trucks has long supported our sustainability goals and demonstrated that their low- and zero-emission truck lineup provides the safety, performance, and reliability we’ve come to expect».