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Here they come: First North American Volvo trucks to go electric

Volvo Trucks today announced that its first North American model heavy trucks—a total of 23 of them—will get the company’s all-electric drivetrains in a special demonstration project in California. The trucks are to be tested out next year and will be commercialized in 2020.

The California Air Resources Board has preliminarily awarded $44.8 million for the project. The demonstration, dubbed Volvo LIGHTS for “Low-Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions,” is a partnership between Volvo Group, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, and “industry leaders in transportation and electrical charging infrastructure.”

“This is an excellent opportunity to show the end-to-end potential of electrification,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “From solar energy harvesting at our customer locations to electric vehicle uptime services to potential second uses for batteries, this project will provide invaluable experience and data for the whole value chain.”

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