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Volvo Triples Electric Truck Dealer Network Since Last Year
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — As Volvo Trucks continues to roll out battery-electric heavy-duty trucks to fleet customers across North America, the truck maker also is building its support network for those vehicles.
During the past year, Volvo has tripled the number of dealers certified to sell and service its Volvo VNR Electric trucks, the company announced May 2 at the 2023 Advanced Clean Transportation Expo.
As of May, the manufacturer’s EV dealer network had expanded to 39 locations, up from 12 a year earlier, with certified dealers located across 19 U.S. states and in three provinces of Canada.
An additional 56 locations are in the process of obtaining EV certification, which will expand Volvo’s EV dealer presence to a total of 37 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces.
"It gives us great pride to be leading the shift towards sustainable transportation"- Volvo President Peter Voorhoeve at #ACTExpo pic.twitter.com/xDXtV6xnDm — Volvo Trucks North America (@VolvoTrucksNA) May 3, 2023
“Our dealer partners have invested in the zero-emission future with us because they understand the future is here today,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Battery-electric trucks are on the road and scaling — and we have the experience and expertise to guide fleets through successfully adopting the Volvo VNR Electric into their operations to make a real impact on decarbonization.”
Thus far, Volvo Trucks has delivered 251 battery-electric Class 8 VNR Electric trucks built at its New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Va.
Volvo’s certified EV dealership program is designed to establish the sales and service network required to support electric truck deployments.
Sales teams at these certified EV dealers are prepared to offer consulting to customers considering deploying the VNR Electric model in their fleet operations. These certified dealers also provide scheduled and preventive maintenance, towing and repairs, including servicing the vehicle’s energy storage and electromobility system.
A fuel cell from the Cellcentric partnership showcased at ACT Expo in Anaheim, Calif. (Volvo Trucks North America)
At ACT Expo, Volvo showcased a Volvo VNR Electric model built for warehousing and distribution provider Performance Team, a Maersk company. The truck is one of 126 VNR Electric models that Performance Team is deploying.
Volvo’s exhibit also included hydrogen fuel cell technology developed by Cellcentric, a joint venture of Volvo and Daimler Truck, as well as an e-axle electric driveline concept.
Also at the booth, Volvo Autonomous Solutions showed a VNL760 model equipped with the Aurora Driver, which remains in testing and development with the goal of enabling autonomous longhaul freight transportation.
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