WattEV has ordered 50 Volvo VNR Class 8 electrical vans to launch its Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) mannequin in California. Over the following a number of months, the e-trucks will start working on routes between California’s San Joaquin Valley, Inland Empire, and the Ports of Lengthy Seashore and Los Angeles.
WattEV’s TaaS mannequin gives shippers and carriers entry to battery-electric vans at a per-mile fee, together with charging, that the corporate says is on par with the whole value of working diesel vans. To assist its TaaS mannequin, WattEV is constructing a public community of heavy-duty truck charging depots alongside main transportation corridors. The corporate’s first public truck charging depots will likely be situated in Bakersfield, San Bernardino, and close to the Port of Lengthy Seashore, and can characteristic 250 kW CCS chargers.
The Volvo VNR Electrical fashions ordered by WattEV are based mostly on its six-battery bundle possibility. They’ve an power storage capability of 565 kWh and a spread of as much as 275 miles.
“WattEV is thrilled to buy our first battery-electric Class 8 vans from Volvo Vehicles as they shortly scale their electrical truck provide and supplier assist community throughout the nation,” stated Salim Youssefzadeh, CEO, WattEV.
“Volvo Vehicles applauds WattEV’s distinctive strategy to accelerating fleet electrification by its TaaS mannequin, which goals to take away potential obstacles to adoption in order that fleets of all sizes can get entry to electrical Class 8 vans and carry out native and regional supply with zero-tailpipe emissions,” stated Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Vehicles North America. “This kind of progressive considering is important to remodel how the trade transports freight, and we look ahead to collaborating with WattEV as they scale their TaaS fleet throughout California and the nation.”
Supply: Volvo Vehicles