Californian haulage company Tradelink Transport has ordered 15 all-electric VNR Electric heavy-duty trucks from Volvo Trucks North America. These 15 electric trucks will make up almost 30 per cent of Tradelink Transport’s total fleet.
Ten of the 15 Volvo VNR Electric were purchased with financial support from California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). Tradelink Transport will use the vehicles primarily to transport goods from the Californian ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to depots and rail yards in the hinterland, from where the goods will be distributed.
When the vehicles are in operation, they will not be the only VNR Electric transporting goods from the Port of Long Beach. 4 Gen Logistics had ordered 41 VNR Electric in September (also with HVIP funding) to call at Long Beach. The shipping company Maesrk had ordered 110 VNR Electric for the same purpose in March.
To power the electric trucks, Southern California Edison will install ten fast chargers with outputs of 180 kW and 360 kW at Tradelink Transport, as well as solar panels. Tradelink also wants to use the vehicles as a strategy to recruit and retain drivers. As Rigoberto Cea, president of Tradelink Transport, indicates, drivers are already looking forward to driving Volvo’s electric truck. “Most live within a 15-mile radius of our facility and see how vital it is for the trucking industry to reduce its emissions and community impact,” says Cea.
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