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Volvo Trucks North America announced the culmination of the Volvo LIGHTS project – an innovative three-year project that brought together 14 public and private partners to design and implement a blueprint for the robust support ecosystem necessary to deploy battery-electric trucks and equipment at scale. During the project, which ran from 2019 to 2022 in California’s South Coast Air Basin, Volvo Trucks deployed its first Class 8 pilot Volvo VNR Electric trucks to fleet operators to collect real-world operating data and customer feedback ahead of announcing its commercial model in December 2020.
“By working closely with an extraordinary group of public and private partners through the Volvo LIGHTS project, we were able to validate key processes around Class 8 battery-electric truck adoption for commercial transport segments and identify challenges that needed to be addressed for widespread market introduction,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “The most valuable takeaway for our team was really experiencing the value of close cross-functional and cross-organizational collaboration as we continue to drive innovation and develop new solutions for sustainable transport.”
The Volvo LIGHTS project was led by Volvo Group North America and California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), and included NFI Industries (NFI), Dependable Highway Express (DHE), TEC Equipment, Shell Recharge Solutions (formerly Greenlots), Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison (SCE), CALSTART, University of California, Riverside CE-CERT, Reach Out, Rio Hondo College, and San Bernardino Valley College.
During the multi-year project, Volvo Group North America collaborated with each organization to develop programs and best practices that would help lay the foundation for the successful commercialization of battery-electric freight trucks, including but not limited to:
“This project shows how important it is for public and private entities to work together to bring zero-emission technologies and infrastructure to the nation,” said Ben J. Benoit, Chair of South Coast AQMD’s Governing Board. “Now that the project is coming to an end, we look forward to seeing these cleaner trucks on the road, and the impact they will have on air quality.”
In recognition of the project team’s leadership and tangible results achieved through Volvo LIGHTS, the project received several awards, including:
Together with the Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks hosted a Volvo LIGHTS Roundup on August 23 at the Ontario Convention Center in Southern California to share exclusive insights from Volvo LIGHTS project partners on how to successfully scale truck freight electrification. The Volvo LIGHTS Roundup featured off-site tours, speaker panels, and a display of Volvo VNR Electric trucks from project participants, including NFI, Penske Truck Leasing (Penske), Medline, Quality Custom Distribution (QCD), 10 Roads Express, Saia and SCE.
"Zero emission trucks work – as this project shows – and we need strong rules, in many states and federally, promoting them. This project shows that this technology can serve business and deliver protections that will benefit the health of our communities that need it the most," said Craig Segall, California Air Resources Board (CARB) deputy executive officer for mobile sources and incentives.
The Volvo LIGHTS project was made possible by a $44.8 million award to South Coast AQMD from the CARB as part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars toward reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving both public health and the environment. South Coast AQMD also contributed $4 million from its Clean Fuels Fund. Volvo Group and its partners contributed $43 million in matching funds for a total project of $91 million.
A Volvo LIGHTS Lessons Learned Guidebook was produced to documents key insights gained as the project partners designed and implemented innovative programs and technologies critical for the widescale success of battery-electric freight movement. To download the 22-page guidebook, Bringing Battery-Electric Freight Trucks to Market: From Demonstration to Commercialization, visit https://www.lightsproject.com/downloads.
To learn more about the Volvo LIGHTS project and to access photos, videos, and other resources, visit www.lightsproject.com.
To learn more about Volvo Trucks North America and the Volvo VNR Electric, visit the company website.
CAPTION: Representatives from the 14 project partners gather at the Volvo LIGHTS Roundup event to celebrate the culmination of the Volvo LIGHTS project – an innovative three-year project to design and implement a blueprint for the robust support ecosystem necessary to deploy battery-electric trucks and equipment at scale.
CAPTION: The Volvo LIGHTS Roundup event featured a display of Volvo VNR Electric trucks from project participants, including NFI, Penske Truck Leasing (Penske), Medline, Quality Custom Distribution (QCD), 10 Roads Express, Saia and SCE.
Volvo Trucks North America, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturers in North America. Its Uptime Services commitment is delivered by a network of nearly 400 authorized dealers across North America and the 24/7 Volvo Trucks Uptime Center. Every Volvo truck is assembled in the Volvo Trucks New River Valley manufacturing facility in Dublin, Virginia, which meets the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality, 14001 standard for environmental care and holds a dual ISO 50001/Superior Energy Performance certification at the platinum level, indicating a sustained excellence in energy management. Volvo Trucks North America provides complete transport solutions for its customers, offering a full range of diesel, alternative-fuel and all-electric vehicles, and is part of the Volvo Trucks global organization.
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