Volvo Group North America (VGNA) hosted Michael Regan, administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ray Curry, president of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) at its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, according to the company's press release.
In addition to discussing the Volvo Group’s commitment to environmental sustainability in both current and future products, the visit allowed the guests to test-drive the latest zero-emission, fully electric, heavy-duty trucks from the Group’s Volvo and Mack truck brands.
“It was an honor to host Michael Regan and Ray Curry on our campus, and to discuss the Volvo Group’s work toward achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040,” said Martin Weissburg, chairman of Volvo Group North America and president of Mack Trucks. “We appreciated the opportunity to show them the fully electric vehicles we’re building today in our U.S. factories, and give them some insights into our plans for continued leadership in the transformation to a more sustainable transportation industry.”
During the visit, Regan and Curry had the opportunity to test drive the Mack LR Electric refuse truck and the Volvo VNR Electric regional hauler, both of which are sold in the U.S. and Canada and are part of the Volvo Group’s global stable of zero-emission, battery-electric Class 8 trucks, buses, and equipment commercially available in the marketplace today.
The LR Electric is equipped with four NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) lithium-ion batteries, charged by a 150kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system. To account for the LR Electric vehicle’s increasing load throughout the day, a three-mode regenerative braking system helps recapture the energy from stops the vehicle makes.
The VNR Electric is Volvo Trucks’ Class 8 battery-electric vehicle targeted for customers with fleets with local and regional hauling applications. Volvo VNR Electric is manufactured at Volvo’s New River Valley assembly facility in Dublin, Virginia.