Community Benefits

California Climate Investments provided $45 million to improve air quality in Inland Southern California via a grant awarded to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Volvo Trucks, and 12 other organizations. The project, called Volvo LIGHTS, demonstrated the many benefits of battery-powered electric freight trucks and equipment and prepared the region for the widespread introduction of this advanced zero-emission technology. The project began in 2019 and will run through early 2022.

Volvo LIGHTS Project Highlights Include:

  • Two local goods movement fleets are demonstrating the ability of battery electric heavy-duty trucks and equipment to reliably move freight between Los Angeles’ two major ports and inland warehouse facilities with less noise and zero emissions
  • A local truck dealership provided the ability for regional goods movement fleets to lease battery electric trucks for real-world trials
  • Two electric truck maintenance training programs were introduced at local community colleges
  • Solar panels were installed at local warehouses to increase the amount of renewable energy used to power the vehicles

How Will Electric Trucks Benefit Our Communities?

Reduce Air Pollution

Reduced Air Pollution

providing considerable public health benefits

Job Training

Cutting-Edge Job Training

for vehicle technicians, charging infrastructure construction, and more

Climate Protection

Climate Protection

due to zero tailpipe emissions and the reduction in fossil fuel use 


Less Congestion 

from being able to make deliveries at night with much quieter truck engines

Driver Experience

Better Truck Driver Experience 

due to a quieter ride and no exposure to fuel or exhaust fumes

Volvo LIGHTS In The Community

Related News & Resources

News Story

Volvo LIGHTS Project Honored with Climate Leadership Award

Press Release

Volvo LIGHTS Project Team Wins 2021 Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnership


Redefining Goods Movement: Building an Ecosystem for the Introduction of Heavy-Duty Battery-Electric Vehicles