Volvo Trucks has offered a first look at its North American Class 8 battery-electric project trucks at an event at the TEC Equipment dealership in Fontana, California.

In Europe, Volvo Trucks recently started sales of electric lorries for urban transport and demonstrated electric concept trucks for construction operations and regional distribution.

By using existing electromobility technology within the Volvo Group, Volvo Trucks in North America has been able to integrate those technologies into the existing North American VNR model.

The pilot demonstration was part of the Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project, a collaboration between 15 public and private partners to demonstrate the viability of all-electric freight hauling in high-density traffic and urban areas. 

“The Volvo LIGHTS project demonstrates that for the entire endeavour to come together, it takes more than just the truck,” said Volvo Trucks North America president, Peter Voorhoeve.

“It’s the delivery of the complete eco-system for zero-emission, heavy-duty transport and taking responsibility for that ecosystem. You can only achieve this by having a common goal, fully integrated collaboration amongst all stakeholders and agreeing to be pioneers together.”

The Volvo VNR Electric project trucks will be put into real-world commercial operations with two California freight companies; Dependable Supply Chain Services and NFI.