Next gen Volvo VNR electric and autonomous

Volvo Trucks North America is set to debut its next generation Volvo VNR Electric 6×2 tractor in its booth  during the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, May 9-12.

Volvo Trucks’ ACT Expo booth will for the first time also feature a long-haul VNL model, integrated with the Aurora Driver from Volvo Autonomous Solutions, and an ECR25 Electric excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment.

“The next generation Volvo VNR Electric is in production since Q2 2022 and will be on display in our booth, delivering on the promises that we made at ACT Expo 2021 just nine months ago to lead the industry toward more sustainable transportation. Our electromobility solutions are on the road now and we continue to develop and deliver innovative technology to drive sustainable freight transport forward,” Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America, said.

“Volvo Trucks’ booth at ACT Expo will showcase the success of our industry-leading electromobility solutions and allow attendees to see firsthand the latest technological advancements and how fleets can successfully adopt and adapt to the rapid change in the transportation industry.”

Voorhoeve is scheduled to speak on the ACT Expo main stage on Tuesday, May 10, during an Executive Roundtable: The Future of Clean Fleets has Arrived.

During the panel, which will spotlight the rapidly changing transportation landscape, Voorhoeve will share insights gained over the past several years as the Volvo VNR Electric model transitioned from demonstration to commercialization and scaling real world customer operations, according to a news release.

The discussion will include key lessons learned through the innovative Volvo LIGHTS project, which helped identify best practices for fleets transitioning to battery-electric trucks, as well as create a roadmap for the support network needed to accelerate commercial deployments of the Volvo VNR Electric truck. The Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle Dealer program was developed to provide support to customers throughout the entire implementation process to successfully integrate electromobility into a fleet.

The Volvo VNR Electric model was designed as a zero tailpipe transportation solution for fleet operators supporting local and regional distribution, pickup and delivery, and food and beverage distribution. In January 2022, Volvo Trucks announced production plans for its next generation VNR Electric model with an operational range of up to 275 miles. The enhanced Volvo VNR Electric, which is now in production, comes with state-of-the-art 250kW charging capability, enabling an 80% charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery package and 60 minutes for the four-battery version.

During the Volvo Trucks press conference in its ACT Expo booth at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Monday, May 9, Voorhoeve will spotlight sustainable freight transport updates, including new electromobility partnerships, customer orders, charging infrastructure advancements and insights in autonomous transport solutions.

In addition to showcasing Volvo Trucks’ electromobility solutions, Volvo Autonomous Solutions will spotlight the progress that has been made through their partnership with Aurora to jointly develop on-highway autonomous trucks in the U.S. The Volvo Trucks booth will showcase a Volvo Autonomous Solutions VNL 760 with an integrated Aurora Driver for future hub-to-hub operations, representing an important step towards launching fully autonomous Class 8 trucks commercially in North America.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is also hosted in the booth and will showcase its ECR25 Electric compact excavator to demonstrate how battery-electric construction equipment can be a viable alternative to diesel equipment. The all-electric ECR25, part of a growing electric offering from Volvo CE, will enable fleets to reduce their carbon footprint and is anticipated to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission solutions in this segment.


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