Volvo Trucks North America has received an order from Quality Custom Distribution (QCD) for 30 all-electric heavy-duty VNR Electric trucks. These are to be put into operation in Southern California from the beginning of 2023.
QCD aims to use the vehicles to deliver products to restaurants and cafés in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The order follows on from an initial order last year when QCD ordered 14 VNR Electric.
An unspecified number of vehicles from the initial order last year are now being put into operation out of its distribution center in Fontana, California while the remaining trucks of this order will be deployed throughout 2022 and early 2023.
The 30 new vehicles will be going to the La Puente distribution centre, which is one of 26 QCD distribution centres across the US. La Peunte will be given its own fast charging and energy supply, with a clean energy grid to be built by Scale Microgrid Solutions. The company says it operates a total of more than 700 Class 8 semi-trucks in last-mile deliveries.
“QCD has gained incredible firsthand insight into the real-world performance of battery-electric trucks during the past year while operating a Volvo VNR Electric truck as part of the Volvo LIGHTS project,” said Shane Blanchette, senior director of operations, QCD. “We now have the experience needed to map out the ideal routes to integrate additional battery-electric trucks, and we’ll use this knowledge as we deploy the additional 44 Volvo VNR Electrics from our distribution centers in Fontana and La Puente, California.”
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