Volvo Group North America has released a Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy-Transport Solutions) Lessons Learned Guide to commemorate the end of its innovative three-year project, which began in 2019 and will conclude in early fall 2022. The 22-page guide, Bringing Battery Electric Freight Trucks to Market: From Demonstration to Commercialization, documents key insights gained as project partners designed and implemented innovative programs and technologies critical to success scale of battery-electric freight transport.
“By participating in the Volvo LIGHTS project, our team gained incredibly valuable experience that helped shape the comprehensive customer support model for our Volvo VNR Electric model, which first went on sale in December 2020,” said Peter. Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America, in a prepared statement. “That said, we know that the transition from diesel to electric will involve much more than developing reliable technology for trucks. The Volvo LIGHTS project has helped highlight the many areas where public and private entities will need to work together to develop the ecosystem needed to help customers successfully adopt battery electric trucks – including building public and private charging, robust network dealer support, incentives and strategies to reduce costs, a trained workforce of technicians, sales consultants, first responders, and more.
The Volvo LIGHTS project, led by Volvo Group North America and South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), is a public-private partnership between 14 organizations aimed at transforming freight transportation. Project support partners include NFI Industries, Dependable Highway Express (DHE), TEC Equipment, Shell Recharge Solutions (formerly Greenlots), Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, CALSTART, University of California, Riverside CE-CERT, Reach Out, Rio Hondo College, and San Bernardino Valley College. Each of the Volvo LIGHTS project partners has played a vital role in transforming freight transport, as they worked together to devise a plan to bring zero-emission battery-powered trucks and equipment to the market at scale.
What does the Volvo LIGHTS Lessons Learned guide contain?
Short chapters include:
- Establish new partnerships
- Class 8 Battery Electric Vehicle Innovations Demonstration
- Advances in Warehouse Equipment
- Reliable and economical charging infrastructure
- Strategies to reduce total cost of ownership
- Need advanced professional training
- Robust sales and service support
“By releasing the Volvo LIGHTS Lessons Learned Guidebook, Volvo Group hopes to highlight key considerations public and private entities need to plan for to successfully support the introduction of heavy-duty electric trucks in North America,” Voorhoeve said. “The Volvo Group and Volvo Trucks with the VNR Electric offering, are committed to leading the commercial transport industry’s transition to zero emissions solutions and look forward to building on the success of this project as we work with other partners to accelerate the adoption of these vehicles in other states.
Download the Volvo LIGHTS lessons learned guide.
Source: Volvo Group North America