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September 18, 2020 3:15 PM, EDT

DHE Begins Pilot Project With Volvo Electric Heavy-Duty Trucks

DHE accepts Volvo trucksVolvo Trucks North America delivers first Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks to customer Dependable Highway Express. (Volvo Trucks)

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Volvo Trucks North America announced Dependable Highway Express received two Volvo VNR Electric trucks, the first battery-electric Class 8 trucks to join DHE’s fleet.

Deployed as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project, the trucks will operate in a pilot project through the end of 2021 to demonstrate the ability for battery-electric trucks to successfully transport goods in DHE’s daily routes.

DHE will begin operating the two Volvo VNR Electric trucks out of its Ontario, Calif., facility, which manages 40 Class 8 trucks. The Volvo VNR Electric trucks will run daily routes between 60 and 80 miles, transporting goods from Ontario to warehouses throughout Southern California.

By completing several different routes, the trucks will collect performance data under various operating conditions, producing real-world operational data on the trucks’ power, performance and range, according to VTNA, a unit of Volvo Group.

DHE has only purchased Volvo trucks for its fleet since 2014.

“The Volvo VNR Electric truck cabin is nearly identical to its diesel counterpart but with a whisper-quiet engine, a super smooth ride and zero emissions,” DHE Chief Operating Officer Joe Finney said.

Dependable Highway Express is a division of Dependable Supply Chain Services, a full-service logistics provider established in 1950. DHE’s services include trucking, warehousing and distribution, harbor drayage, third-party logistics, air and ocean freight forwarding, and freight transport. — Transport Topics

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