Volvo electric trucks will appear on the roads of CaliforniaFebruary 17, 2020
Dozens of cars will begin to ship cargo in Southern California, a region that is experiencing explosive growth in the logistics sector and at the same time suffering from poor air quality. The experiment will enable Volvo to better understand consumer needs.
Volvo will bring heavy electric trucks to California roads. According to Electrek, Volvo VNR with batteries of 200-300 kWh will be used to transport goods from the busy ports of Long Beach to the distribution centers of Southern California. The travel range is up to 110 km one way.
The goal of the pilot project is to collect as much data as possible about the operation of the company’s electric trucks. This will make them better and make modifications in accordance with the needs of consumers.
A total of 50 Volvo VNRs will run across Southern California. Major logistics companies Dependable Highway Express and NFI will take charge of this fleet.
The Volvo project involves electrifying not only trucks, but also other equipment. In particular, it will use electric forklifts and railroad switches. In addition, the company collaborates with local colleges that train electric vehicle technicians.
The choice of Southern California for the experiment is not accidental. In recent years, the region has experienced explosive growth in logistics jobs, mainly due to its proximity to Pacific ports. The area also suffers from air quality problems, so the idea of replacing gasoline trucks with electric ones seems very logical.
Earlier it became known that electric trucks Volvo FE Electric and FL Electric will begin to be sold in several European countries this year. Their appearance should make the cities quieter and simplify the logistics.
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