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Volvo Trucks North America announced Dependable Highway Express received two Volvo VNR Electric trucks, the first battery-electric Class 8 trucks to join DHE’s fleet.
Deployed as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project, the trucks will operate in a pilot project through the end of 2021 to demonstrate the ability for battery-electric trucks to successfully transport goods in DHE’s daily routes.
DHE will begin operating the two Volvo VNR Electric trucks out of its Ontario, Calif., facility, which manages 40 Class 8 trucks. The Volvo VNR Electric trucks will run daily routes between 60 and 80 miles, transporting goods from Ontario to warehouses throughout Southern California.
— Volvo Trucks North America (@VolvoTrucksNA) September 10, 2020
By completing several different routes, the trucks will collect performance data under various operating conditions, producing real-world operational data on the trucks’ power, performance and range, according to VTNA, a unit of Volvo Group.
DHE has only purchased Volvo trucks for its fleet since 2014.
“The Volvo VNR Electric truck cabin is nearly identical to its diesel counterpart but with a whisper-quiet engine, a super smooth ride and zero emissions,” DHE Chief Operating Officer Joe Finney said.
Dependable Highway Express is a division of Dependable Supply Chain Services, a full-service logistics provider established in 1950. DHE’s services include trucking, warehousing and distribution, harbor drayage, third-party logistics, air and ocean freight forwarding, and freight transport. — Transport Topics
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