Volvo Trucks North America received its largest global order of class 8 electric semi-trucks. They announced the order details with the Maersk-owner performance Team. Around 110 units were added to the Maersk entity in the order, thus making a commitment to purchasing 126 Volvo VNR all-electric trucks. Initially they ordered 15 VNR electric semis in Q3 2021.
Furthermore, Volvo said in the release Performance Team will begin operations in Q2 2022 in its Southern California fleet operations serving port drayage and warehouse distribution routes. Performance Team issued another order for 110 additional trucks in an effort “to scale its zero-tailpipe emission freight logistics fleet in 2022.” Volvo’s VNR all-electric semi-trucks will make their way to the Performance Team in Q1 2023.
“Volvo Trucks, in partnership with our dealer TEC Equipment, is excited to continue growing our collaboration with Maersk on its fleet sustainability goals and commends the organization’s scaled investments in electromobility solutions,” Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America, said in a statement. “Incredibly, this is the second time in less than a year that Volvo Trucks has had the opportunity to announce that Performance Team – A Maersk Company, has placed the largest order of Volvo VNR Electrics to date, which underscores their organization’s firm commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.”
Maersk is the world’s largest integrated container logistics company but is also leading a variety of new strategies to improve sustainability across its supply chain. CEO of Ocean & Logistics at A.P. Moller – Maersk, Vincent Clerc, said sustainability is important to customers now, and the company is working to oblige with the important requests of consumers and the environment.
“Our customers are looking for tangible actions on sustainable supply chains – not just conceptual. With this in mind, we move decisively toward building an end-to-end, landside decarbonization offering for our customers – in line with our target to extend Maersk net-zero efforts to all transport modes in our global operation,” Clerc said. “These investments in our North America network will generate valuable experience for the continued journey towards similar customer offerings across the globe.”
Volvo Trucks’ largest West Coast dealership, TEC Equipment, facilitated the “landmark order.” The dealership locations in La Mirada and Fontana will support the Performance Team in maximizing the uptime of the Volvo VNR fleets, Volvo said. The two TCE Equipment locations are suitable for any maintenance the VNR semis might need, as the service teams have been trained and equipped to perform any battery-electric truck maintenance needs for customers.