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An overview of Volvo Trucks’ next steps towards a carbon-free transport vision

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Nashville, TN — Volvo Trucks sells battery-powered electric trucks while reducing carbon emissions in its North American facilities and supply chain as part of a global effort to improve environmental sustainability. We are expanding delivery.

Volvo Trucks North America CEO Peter Voorhoeve reiterated the manufacturer’s decarbonization goals and turned to these ambitious goals at a press conference held at the American Trucking Associations’ management meeting and exhibition on October 24. He outlined the steps the company is currently taking to move forward.

“If we want to do something about climate change, we need to do it now,” Voorhoeve said. Globally, Volvo Trucks has set a goal for 2050 to achieve a completely fossil-free rolling fleet. To that end, the company plans to offer a fossil-free vehicle lineup by 2040 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2030 as an intermediate step.

Voorhoeve said Volvo is pursuing three parallel roads to reduce emissions: battery electric trucks, fuel cell electric trucks, and increasingly efficient internal combustion engines.

In North America, Volvo Trucks continues to roll out its zero-emission VNR Electric model, which went into continuous production earlier this year, to additional fleet customers in more regions.

However, truck manufacturers are also working on their own carbon dioxide emissions.

VTNA’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia, is now a renewable energy-powered, landfill-free, carbon-neutral facility, Voorhoeve said.

By the end of this year, the factory will also begin receiving parts and components delivered by Volvo’s own electric truck.

Watsontown Trucking Co, two trucking companies supplying the New River Valley plant. And Camrett Logistics will each order the first VNR Electric models and use those trucks to transport the inbound components to the facility. The two trucks make 10-12 round trips per day between the local warehouse and the Volvo factory, charging at the fleet facility.

Volvo also announced at a press conference several other VNR electric rollouts.

Volvo’s press conference was artistically performed in the exhibition hall against the backdrop of three trucks. (Transportation topic John Sommers II)

Producer’s Daily, a dairy processor and supplier based in Central California, has ordered two battery electric truck models. These zero-emission vehicles will be deployed in late 2021 on the route from the dairy company’s manufacturing facility in Fresno to the local grocery store.

Another customer, Fleetmaster Express, plans to roll out the first VNR Electrics in Texas, Voorhoeve added. He said the fleet plans to deploy 10 battery electric trucks to transport aluminum packaging products from Ball’s factory in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.

Voorhoeve said Volvo VNR Electric is currently operating in a variety of regional and short-haul applications, including container transportation from ports, beer distribution in New York, and food delivery to stores.

“We have an electric truck from the west coast to the east coast, and it’s in the middle because we’re in Texas now,” he said. “I strongly believe that we need to run more electric trucks in a hurry, so I’m working hard on that.”

To service these trucks, more and more Volvo dealers are working towards the certification of electric vehicles. Voorhoeve said it expects about 30 Volvo dealers to be EV certified later this year.

At the same time, Volvo Trucks continues to produce more fuel efficiency improvements and emission reductions from diesel-powered trucks.

Earlier this month, Volvo announced that the D13 turbo-compound engine was standard on all long-range VNL models. According to the company, the D13TC engine can achieve up to 6% better fuel economy than the 2020 Volvo D13 VGT engine.

Volvo has also celebrated 25 years since the Volvo VN model was launched in North America. The truck maker exhibited the original 1996 Volvo VN truck and the 25th anniversary edition VNL760 truck in the MCE exhibition hall.

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