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Dependable Highway Express begins piloting electric Volvo VNR

Dependable Highway Express (DHE), has received two Volvo VNR electric trucks, the first battery-electric Class 8 trucks to join DHE’s fleet. The electric trucks will be added to DHE’s existing fleet of more than 500 Volvo trucks operating across North America. Deployed as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project, the Volvo VNR Electric trucks will operate in a pilot project through the end of 2021 to demonstrate the ability for battery-electric trucks to successfully transport goods in DHE’s daily routes. 

DHE will begin operating the new trucks out of its facility in Ontario, Calif., which manages a fleet of 40 Class 8 trucks and will run daily routes varying between 60 to 80 miles, transporting goods from Ontario to warehouses throughout Southern California. By completing several different routes, the trucks will collect performance data under various operating conditions, producing crucial real-world operational data on the trucks’ power, performance, and range. This information will help Volvo Trucks validate customization measures to provide the most seamless transition to battery-electric trucks for its customers.  

General manager of Volvo Trucks North America’s TEC Equipment dealership, Mike Reardon, hands over the keys to the first Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 truck models to Joe Finney with Dependable Highway Express. From left to right: Joe Finney, COO at Dependable Highway Express; Troy Musgrave, director of process improvement at Dependable Highway Express; Mike Reardon, general manager at TEC Equipment; Janice Rutherford, county supervisor of San Bernardino County and South Coast Air Quality Management District board member; Aravind Kailas, advanced technology policy director at Volvo Group North America.General manager of Volvo Trucks North America’s TEC Equipment dealership, Mike Reardon, hands over the keys to the first Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 truck models to Joe Finney with Dependable Highway Express. From left to right: Joe Finney, COO at Dependable Highway Express; Troy Musgrave, director of process improvement at Dependable Highway Express; Mike Reardon, general manager at TEC Equipment; Janice Rutherford, county supervisor of San Bernardino County and South Coast Air Quality Management District board member; Aravind Kailas, advanced technology policy director at Volvo Group North America.Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

In addition to zero tailpipe emissions, the Volvo VNR Electric trucks simplify maintenance and improve working conditions for drivers by offering state-of-the-art responsiveness, a quieter cab free of engine-related vibrations, and by eliminating exposure to diesel fuel and exhaust, according to Volvo Trucks.  

“DHE is incredibly proud to be one of the first fleets to deploy Volvo VNR Electric trucks in North America,” said Joe Finney, chief operating officer, Dependable Highway Express. “Volvo’s entire line-up of Class 8 trucks offer our drivers the safest and most comfortable environment on the market, which is why we’ve only purchased Volvo trucks for our fleet since 2014. The Volvo VNR Electric truck cabin is nearly identical to its diesel counterpart, but with a whisper-quiet engine, a super smooth ride, and zero emissions. Our drivers can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the VNR Electric trucks and put them to work.” 

DHE is a core division of Dependable Supply Chain Services, a full-service logistics provider established in 1950. DHE’s services include trucking, warehousing and distribution, harbor drayage, third-party logistics, air and ocean freight forwarding, and freight transport.  

“Working with DHE as a trusted fleet partner for years, they’ve come to expect the reliability, performance, and safety that is synonymous with a Volvo truck. We look forward to DHE putting these VNR Electric truck models through the rigors of their daily operations and experiencing that same level of quality,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “These zero-emission trucks will start delivering benefits to drivers and communities today, while providing us with the valuable real-world data we need to successfully introduce these trucks commercially in the very near future, a milestone in the transition to wide-scale, sustainable transport solutions.”  

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