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Food service logistics provider Quality Custom Distribution recently took delivery of a Volvo VNR Electric, Volvo Trucks North America announced. It marked the first zero-emission, battery-electric truck to be deployed in QCD’s fleet of more than 700 vehicles.
The truck will begin running last-mile delivery routes to restaurants and coffee stores throughout Southern California from the company’s warehouse in Fontana.
Leased from VTNA dealer Gateway Truck & Refrigeration in the St. Louis area, the Volvo VNR Electric will be operating various nightly last-mile delivery distribution routes, each totaling nearly 100 miles round trip.
“Gateway Truck & Refrigeration is proud to be Volvo Trucks’ first dealership outside of California to deliver a VNR Electric to a fleet customer,” Zach Wagner, principal for Gateway Truck & Refrigeration, said in a release. “Our team is looking forward to gaining direct feedback on how battery-electric trucks perform on various QCD delivery routes. This insight will enable us to more effectively guide our other fleet customers throughout Missouri and Illinois in their procurement decisions.”
TEC Equipment, Volvo Trucks’ largest West Coast dealership, will provide contracted maintenance services through its Fontana location.
The truck is one of 17 VNR Electric trucks leased to fleet customers through the Volvo LIGHTS initiative, and will help to evaluate battery-electric trucks in a variety of operating conditions. The firsthand operational insight gained will enable QCD to identify the ideal routes in which to integrate additional battery-electric trucks for their future operations.
Production of the Volvo VNR Electric is slated to begin this year at the company’s New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Va. DTNA is a unit of Volvo Group.
QCD is a Golden State Foods company. — Transport Topics
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