January 14, 2022 3:30 PM, EST

Volvo Receives Recognition for Clean Air Technology

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Volvo Group North America won an award for its clean air technology efforts, the company announced last month.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) presented the 32nd Clean Air Award to the automaker for its contribution to the development of innovative technologies designed to reduce emissions.

“Volvo Group North America is very pleased to be recognized for its clean air technology efforts by South Coast AQMD,” said Keith Brandis, vice president of partnerships and systems solutions at Volvo Group. “We appreciate South Coast AQMD supporting Volvo in this initiative, as well as the Switch-On and Joint Electric Truck Scaling Initiative (JETSI).”


Kailas holds the AQMD Clean Air Award. (Volvo Group North America.)

The Volvo LIGHTS [Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions] project was responsible for developing the clean air technology. The project is a collaboration among 15 public and private partners including AQMD that are working toward the common goal of successfully introducing battery-electric trucks and equipment into the market at scale.

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“We appreciate and commend South Coast AQMD’s leadership in advancing the clean air agenda in our region, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them on innovative projects that will positively impact the air quality,” said Aravind Kailas, Volvo Group advanced technology policy director.

The Volvo VNR Electric is the first Class 8 battery-electric vehicle involved in the project. It is equipped with a driveline rated at 455 hp, generating up to 4,051 pound-feet of torque. It is also spec’d with a 264-kWh battery capacity and can support an operating range up to 150 miles. The New River Valley assembly facility in Dublin, Va., makes the truck.

Kailas and Brandis accepted the Clean Air Award during a virtual event in December.

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