The deal for the Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks marks the largest commercial order of the North American zero-tailpipe emission model to date.
When put into service, all 16 vehicles will be carrying regional loads daily to customers across Southern California.
Designed for local and regional freight distribution, the Volvo VNR Electric provides decarbonised and quiet transportation on urban streets and roadways.
The significant reduction of noise and vibrations also improves the working environment for drivers.
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.
The acquisition of the new Volvo VNR Electric models is part of Maersk’s strategy to decarbonise logistics
Jason Walker, executive vice president of operations of Performance Team – A Maersk Company, commented, “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 first-hand experience on their performance carrying regional loads and environmental benefits. Our findings will help determine next steps in our fleet modernisation and the electric infrastructure necessary for future operations.”
Volvo Trucks North America began taking customer orders for its VNR Electric model in December 2020.
Production of the Volvo VNR Electric began in Q2 2021 at the company’s New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia.