TNI || New Delhi || 24th March 2022
WattEV, a customer of Volvo Trucks North America, has acquired 50 Volvo VNR Electric trucks in Class 8 to launch its innovative Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) business in California.
WattEV’s TaaS model gives merchants and transporters access to battery-electric trucks at a cost per mile that is similar to the overall cost of running diesel trucks, including charging.
The Volvo VNR Electric trucks will start operating on routes between the San Joaquin Valley, the Inland Empire, and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the coming months.
Volvo Trucks applauds WattEV’s completely different approach to speeding up fleet electrification through its TaaS model, said president of Volvo Trucks North America, Peter Voorhoeve.
WattEV’s TaaS model seeks to eradicate prospective barriers to adoption so that fleets of all widths can get direct exposure to electric Class 8 trucks and undertake local and regional delivery with zero-tailpipe emissions.
Voorhoeve adds that they look forward to working with WattEV as they expand the TaaS fleet throughout California as well as the country with this kind of innovative thinking.
WattEV is constructing a public network of heavy-duty battery-electric vehicle charging depots to serve important transportation corridors, linking shipping ports with freight distribution facilities and warehouse locations, to support its TaaS concept.
WattEV’s first public truck charging stations will be located in Bakersfield, San Bernardino, and at the Port of Long Beach, and will have 250 kW CCS chargers that will charge the Volvo VNR Electric trucks’ six-battery packs to 80 percent in 90 minutes.
WattEV wants to scale its depots to deliver 1.2 MW charging capacity for ultra-fast charging as its public charging network extends nationally.
WattEV is ecstatic to be purchasing its first battery-electric Class 8 trucks from Volvo Trucks as they rapidly increase their electric truck supplies and dealer support network across the country, stated Salim Youssefzadeh, WattEV’s CEO.
Volvo Trucks is extending its network of Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealerships, where service professionals are trained and armed to safely perform battery-electric truck maintenance and repairs, and crucial VNR Electric supplies are stocked to reduce downtime.