Volvo Trucks will introduce all-electric trucks as part of an innovative collaboration with California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with a view to commercializing them in North America by 2020.
CARB has awarded preliminary $44.8 million to SCAQMD for the ‘Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) Project’.
A variety of smart technologies will be used in Volvo’s all-electric trucks, including remote diagnostics, geofencing and Volvo’s web-based service management platform to monitor all truck performance aspects of the project, and maximise vehicle uptime.
As part of the Volvo Trucks will integrate non-truck battery-electric equipment, non-propriety chargers and solar energy production equipment in its new vehicles.
In total, Volvo expects the project to reduce pollutants by 3.57 tons and greenhouse gases by 3,020 tons annually.
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The initiative is also part of California Climate Investments, a state-wide initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the regional supply chain.
Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America, commented: “This is an excellent opportunity to show the end-to-end potential of electrification.
“From solar energy harvesting at our customer locations, to electric vehicle uptime services, to potential second uses for batteries, this project will provide invaluable experience and data for the whole value chain.”
Volvo LIGHTS is the company’s latest smart technology initiative after it unveiled an autonomous logistics vehicle system on September 12, 2018.
On September 21, 2018, it also demonstrated the potential for smart supply chain integration.