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Volvo Trucks North America announced Albertsons Cos., the second-largest grocery chain in the United States, recently took delivery of two Volvo VNR Electric trucks at its distribution center in Irvine, Calif.
Also, Albertsons procured electric-powered transport refrigeration units from Advanced Energy Machines to pair with its Volvo VNR Electrics, enabling Albertsons to make the first commercial 100% zero-emission grocery delivery with a Class 8 truck in the United States, according to Greensboro, N.C.-based VTNA, a unit of Volvo Group.
Albertsons acquired the electric trucks through Volvo Financial Services as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project — a collaboration between VTNA, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and 12 other organizations to develop a robust support ecosystem to successfully introduce battery-electric trucks and equipment into the North American transport industry at scale.
Clean up on aisle everywhere. @Albertsons Companies is leading the way with the nation’s first 100% zero-emission refrigerated grocery delivery deploying two Volvo #VNRElectric trucks, the first in their fleet. https://t.co/Fo3i1sHCZc #VolvoLIGHTS #CAClimateInvestments— Volvo Trucks North America (@VolvoTrucksNA) May 28, 2021
TEC Equipment, Volvo Trucks’ largest West Coast dealership and a Volvo LIGHTS project partner, will provide contracted maintenance and repairs through the premier Volvo Gold Contract service offering at its location in Fontana, Calif.
The Volvo LIGHTS project was made possible by an award from the California Air Resources Board as part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Albertsons operates 1,400 Class 8 trucks nationwide, all of which are certified under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay program as meeting high transportation sustainability and efficiency standards. The Southern California fleet, made up entirely of trucks VTNA manufactured, covers 335 stores in the region, running from the Central Coast to the California-Mexico border. — Transport Topics
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