Transport company 4 Gen Logistics has ordered 41 VNR electric trucks from Volvo Trucks North America for use in California. The trucks will transport freight between the Port of Long Beach and Southern California’s Inland Empire, a national logistics and warehousing hub.
The Volvo VNR Electric vehicles on order are current generation vehicles that Volvo unveiled in early 2022. They provide a range of up to 275 miles (around 443 kilometres). At 4 Gen Logistics, they are used in two shifts per day for up to six trips.
The purchase of the all-electric trucks was made possible through financial support from California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) grant programme and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). An additional Volvo VNR electric truck will be used as part of the Volvo LIGHTS project.
“4 Gen Logistics has a goal of operating a 100% zero-tailpipe emission fleet in 2025, and the Volvo VNR Electric trucks being deployed in Southern California are an integral part of achieving our goal,” said David Duncan, owner of 4 Gen Logistics. “Feedback from our drivers showed that the Volvo VNR Electric was their preferred truck choice — from the quiet motor, smooth ride, and hauling power — which was a key factor in our purchasing decision”
To charge its growing battery-electric fleet, 4 Gen Logistics reportedly secured more than four acres from the Port of Long Beach (PLOB) through a ten-year agreement to build and operate truck charging infrastructure. The will include 60 350 kW charging stations at the Port of Long Beach facility and another 30 at a facility in Rialto, which will allow the company to bring VNR Electric trucks with six batteries – which have a charging capacity of 250 kW – to an 80 per cent state of charge in 90 minutes.
The charging stations at both the POLB site and in Rialto will be installed by Electrify America, which is also part of the ten-year agreement. Electrify, in its own announcement, speaks of 30 chargers that will have charging capacities of 150 kW and 350 kW, respectively. In addition to the charging stations, battery storage systems will also be installed behind the meters at the Port of Long Beach to further facilitate fleet-specific charging infrastructure.
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