Volvo Trucks receives double digit electric order


Californian food logistics firm QCD gains 14 VNR Electrics for last-mile service

Volvo Trucks receives double digit electric order
One of the new QCD units

Escalating global electric truck momentum sees American food service logistics supplier Quality Custom Distribution (QCD) order 14 Volvo VNR Electric models for its Southern Californian last-mile operation.

The deal represents Volvo Trucks’ largest single purchasing commitment of electric trucks to date.

It will deliver the Class 8 battery-electric trucks to QCD over the next two years.

"Earlier this month, we delivered QCD’s first VNR Electric to be used in its first-class distribution and logistics services," Volvo Trucks North America president Peter Voorhoeve, who used to head its Australian operations, says.

"With this exceptional commitment to deploy an additional 14 Volvo VNR Electric trucks, we are pleased that QCD has chosen to continue its long-time partnership with our organization to achieve its sustainable freight transportation goals."


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The 14 leased Volvo VNR Electric trucks and supporting charging equipment are being funded in large part by a grant to Volvo Financial Services (VFS) from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), a body of California’s largest transportation and clean air agencies and stakeholders.

QCD, a Golden State Foods (GSF) company that provides custom distribution services to thousands of restaurants, currently operates a fleet of 700 trucks, more than half of which are Volvo VNR and VNL models.

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Through the Volvo LIGHTS project, it recently took delivery of its first Volvo VNR Electric.

With this additional order, QCD’s total fleet of VNR Electric trucks will reach 15 by the end of 2022.

Volvo Trucks began taking customer orders for its VNR Electric model last December and has multiple customer deliveries scheduled throughout 2021, it notes.

It is also to launch a full electric truck range in Europe this year.

 

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