Volvo VNR Electric Trucks Headed to NYC

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Volvo Trucks North America announced it will deploy eight Volvo VNR Electric trucks with two Bronx-based community groups as part of a $10 million award through the New York Clean Transportation Prizes program.

The New York Clean Transportation Prizes program supports the state’s nation-leading goal of an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As the state transitions to a more sustainable transportation future, it is committed to directing a minimum of 35% of its clean energy investments to underserved communities, including the south Bronx, according to VTNA.

“Volvo Trucks recognizes that the higher upfront costs of acquiring battery-electric trucks and installing charging infrastructure can be a barrier to adoption for some organizations, particularly smaller fleets and independent-owner operators,” Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America, said in a release. “Through the Bronx is Breathing: Reimagining a Cleaner Hunts Point project, our team will create a replicable, scalable and sustainable strategy for developing freight-focused public charging hubs and new battery-electric fleet deployment models in underserved communities across the U.S., helping to reduce emissions in frontline communities while also creating new job opportunities.”

The Bronx is Breathing: Reimagining a Cleaner Hunts Point project kicks off in January 2023, with the first Volvo VNR Electric truck deliveries expected by fourth-quarter 2023, VTNA reported.

The New York Clean Transportation Prizes program is one the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority in partnership with the New York State Department of Public Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation administer. Investor-owned utilities is funded through New York State’s $701 million Electric Vehicle Make Ready program to boost access to charging stations, EV infrastructure and other clean transportation options, and support equitable access and benefits for lower socioeconomic and disadvantaged communities. — Transport Topics

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