Volvo Trucks will introduce fully electric test trucks in the US next year and will begin its commercialization in North America starting in 2020.
In a statement, the company informed that, prior to the sale of zero-emission vehicles, Volvo FE Electric units presented in May and that began to be sold in Europe in 2019- will be incorporated into the operations of two of the main fleets of trucks in the United States.
The foregoing is part of an alliance between the Volvo Group, the Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and industry leaders in transportation infrastructure and electric charge.
Under the Volvo LIGHTS project (Low Impact Green Transportation Solutions), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) preliminarily granted $ 44.8 million to SCAQMD. This will involve 16 partners.
“This is another important step towards our zero emissions vision. We are convinced that electric trucks will be a key driver of sustainable transport, and we are proud to contribute the experience of the Volvo Group to this innovative public-private partnership,” said Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, quoted in a statement.
Volvo LIGHTS is part of California Climate Investments, a state initiative that allocates billions of dollars of Cap and Trade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy and improve public health and the environment, especially in the disadvantaged communities.
The project will use a variety of intelligent technologies, including remote diagnostics, geofencing and the company’s web-based service management platform to monitor all aspects of truck performance and maximize uptime.
“This is an excellent opportunity to show the potential of end-to-end electrification. From the storage of solar energy in the locations of our customers to the services of time of operation of the electric vehicles and the possible second uses of the batteries, this project will provide valuable experience and data for the entire value chain, “said Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America.
According to the manufacturer, Volvo LIGHTS is an example of the new forms of public-private partnerships that will allow the use of electric trucks in the transport of goods to improve air quality and reduce traffic noise as well as the congestion during peak hours.