The California Air Resources Board invested $44.8 million in Inland Southern California to reduce emissions from goods movement trucks and equipment. The project, called Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) was a unique collaboration between the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Volvo Trucks, and 12 other organizations to pioneer a range of vehicle, charging, and workforce development innovations critical for the commercial success of battery electric trucks and equipment.
Throughout the three-year project, Volvo LIGHTS demonstrated the ability for heavy-duty, battery electric trucks and equipment to reliably move freight between the city’s two major ports and warehouses throughout the region with less noise and zero emissions.
Dedicated to Making Electric Trucks a Reality: Volvo LIGHTS Project
Volvo is working to make the commercial production of electric trucks possible through its Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) partnership with a visionary group of organizations..
Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) is 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. The total project cost is $90 million, with a funding award of $44.8 million.
During the project period (2019 to 2022), the trucks and equipment are estimated to have facilitated weighted emission reductions of NOx, ROG, and PM by an estimated 3.57 tons per year. Over 10 years, that equates to 35.7 tons of weighted emission reductions of these pollutants. Further, the project produced an estimated 1.86 million kWh of renewable electricity, the majority of which was used to charge the electric trucks and displace 207,000 diesel gallons equivalent of fossil fuel annually. This produced estimated reductions of 3,020 metric tons of GHG emissions annually or 30,200 metric tons of GHGs over a 10-year period.
To further mitigate grid impacts and energy costs, Dependable is integrating onsite solar panels and hopes to garner the benefits of second-life batteries.Troy MusgraveDependable Supply Chain Services
Volvo LIGHTS is an extraordinary union of public and private stakeholders that have the expertise, capital, and commitment to propel battery electric freight movement beyond the ‘demonstration’ phase into a widespread reality.