Performance Team placed an order for 16 Volvo VNR Electric to carry regional loads daily to customers across Southern California. - Photo: VTNA

Performance Team placed an order for 16 Volvo VNR Electric to carry regional loads daily to customers across Southern California.

Photo: VTNA

Warehousing and distribution company Performance Team placed an order for 16 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks—the largest commercial order of the North American model to date.

The VNR Electric model from Volvo Trucks North America is the first zero-tailpipe emission, battery-electric Class 8 truck in Performance Team’s fleet, which will be on the road by end of year. When put into service, all 16 vehicles will be carrying regional loads daily to customers across Southern California.

The order of the new Volvo VNR Electric models is part of Performance Team’s parent company Maersk’s Environment Social Governance (ESG) strategy to “decarbonize logistics.” Performance Team is participating in a State of California South Coast Air Quality Management District grant to reduce emissions in the transportation sector by replacing diesel trucks with electric trucks and creating new, future charging infrastructure.

The El Segundo, California-based company operates a North America warehousing and distribution network of 45 locations and a fleet of 215 trucks.

“We’re seeing a 30% growth rate in our warehousing and distribution business,” said Jason Walker, executive vice president of operations of Performance Team, in a press release. “Customers are looking for more truck power to meet high volume delivery demands. This new order of Volvo VNR Electric trucks will give us firsthand experience on their performance carrying regional loads and environmental benefits. Our findings will help determine next steps in our fleet modernization and the electric infrastructure necessary for future operations.”

The purchase of the VNR Electric models is through Volvo Trucks’ dealership TEC Equipment, which is the company’s largest dealership on the West Coast and was recently named the first Volvo EV Certified Dealer in North America.

TEC Equipment is training its service technicians on the complete electromobility system and safety regulations, as well as installing battery-electric truck charging infrastructure and specialty equipment in its maintenance bays.

VTNA  began taking customer orders for its VNR Electric model in December 2020. Production of the Volvo VNR Electric began in Q2 2021 at the company’s New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia.

Originally posted on Trucking Info

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