Tuesday, 10 May 2022 12:50

QCD Orders 30 More Electric Volvo Trucks for Southern California Fleet


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Volvo Trucks North America customer Quality Custom Distribution (QCD)---a Golden State Foods (GSF) company---is increasing its commitment to zero-tailpipe emission freight transport with its latest order of 30 Volvo VNR Electrics.

In early 2023, the battery-electric Class 8 trucks will be deployed in QCD's Southern California fleet operations, delivering products to restaurants and coffee shops throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. 


This multi-stakeholder electrification project, announced during a press event May 9 at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, includes 16 fast chargers and a renewable energy microgrid to power the chargers. 


"Volvo Trucks commends our customer QCD for its continued electromobility leadership and the investments the company has made to reduce the carbon footprint of its last-mile delivery fleet," said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. "It is exciting to see QCD continue to grow its Volvo VNR Electric fleet so that the company can service some of the nation's most iconic restaurants with zero-tailpipe emission trucks."
Each year, QCD's fleet of 700 Class 8 tractors makes more than 1 million last-mile deliveries from its 26 distribution centers across the U.S., averaging more than 35 million miles on the road annually. The company's investment in Volvo VNR Electric, which now includes 45 trucks, is a central part of its strategy to help its customers reduce their supply chain emissions.


"QCD has gained incredible firsthand insight into the real-world performance of battery-electric trucks during the past year while operating a Volvo VNR Electric truck as part of the Volvo LIGHTS project," said Shane Blanchette, senior director of operations, QCD. "We now have the experience needed to map out the ideal routes to integrate additional battery-electric trucks, and we'll use this knowledge as we deploy the additional 44 Volvo VNR Electrics from our distribution centers in Fontana and La Puente, CA."


In April 2021, QCD ordered its first batch of 14 leased Volvo VNR Electric trucks with funding support from a grant awarded to Volvo Financial Services from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee's (MSRC) Inland Port Program. The first Volvo VNR Electrics from the 2021 order will start operations this month out of its distribution center in Fontana. The remaining trucks of the order will be deployed throughout 2022 and early 2023.


With the deployment of the 30 additional Volvo VNR Electrics, QCD is expanding its zero-tailpipe emission fleet to operate from a second distribution center in La Puente. QCD received funding for the 30 Volvo VNR Electrics through the...

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