Volvo Truck’s largest electric vehicle order has been placed in California.
Quality Custom Distribution (QCD), a national food service logistics supplier, has ordered the vehicles.
The 14 VNR Electric models trucks will be deployed in the operator’s Southern California last-mile delivery routes.
These Class 8 battery-electric trucks will be delivered to QCD over the next two years.
Specifically, QCD is expected to take delivery of the very first vehicles this autumn.
Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America, confirmed the deal.
“Earlier this month, we delivered QCD’s first VNR Electric,” he explained.
“We are pleased that QCD has chosen to continue its longtime partnership with our organisation.”
As a result, the 14 leased Volvo VNR Electric trucks and charging equipment are largely funded by a grant.
This grant is awarded to Volvo Financial Services (VFS) from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee’s (MSRC).
Specifically, the MSRC is a committee of California’s largest transportation and clean air agencies and stakeholders.
Importantly, QCD recently took delivery of its first Volvo VNR Electric, through the Volvo LIGHTS project.
With this additional order, QCD’s total fleet of VNR Electric trucks will reach 15 by the end of 2022.
QCD provides custom distribution services to thousands of America’s most iconic restaurants.
Therefore, it currently operates a fleet of 700 Class 8 tractors, more than half of which are Volvo VNR and VNL models.
Golden State Foods, which is QCD’s parent company, is a major supplier to the food service and retail industries.
Volvo Trucks began taking customer orders for its VNR Electric model last December.
Following the truck’s introduction, it has multiple customer deliveries scheduled throughout 2021.
In conclusion, Volvo is hoping that the largest electric vehicle order won’t be the QCD one for long.