Drayage firm orders 41 Volvo VNR Electric trucks

By Mike Brezonick13 September 2022

Volvo Trucks North America customer 4 Gen Logistics, a fourth generation, family-owned drayage company, has ordered 41 Volvo VNR Electric trucks to haul freight between the Port of Long Beach (POLB) and Southern California’s Inland Empire — a national logistics and warehousing hub.

Volvo VNR Electric for Gen 4 Volvo Trucks North America customer 4 Gen Logistics will deploy 41 Volvo VNR Electric trucks to service the Port of Long Beach and an inland warehousing hub. (Photo: Volvo Trucks)

“4 Gen Logistics has a goal of operating a 100% zero-tailpipe emission fleet in 2025, and the Volvo VNR Electric trucks being deployed in Southern California are an integral part of achieving our goal,” said David Duncan, owner of 4 Gen Logistics. “Feedback from our drivers showed that the Volvo VNR Electric was their preferred truck choice — from the quiet motor, smooth ride, and hauling power — which was a key factor in our purchasing decision. We look forward to putting the Volvo VNR Electric through the daily rigors of our operations and testing out the range of the next generation trucks while hauling freight.”

The enhanced, next generation Volvo VNR Electric model, which began production in the second quarter of this year, offers an operational range of up to 275 miles. 4 Gen Logistics’ Volvo VNR Electrics fleets will operate two shifts per day, making as many as six runs to and from the port and 4 Gen Logistics’ headquarters in Rialto, Calif.

“The zero-tailpipe emission, Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric is ideally suited for local and regional freight distribution and is enabling pioneering goods movement fleets throughout the region, like 4 Gen Logistics, to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “We commend the Duncan family on their commitment to both sustainable transportation solutions and driver satisfaction, and look forward to working alongside our dealer partner, TEC Equipment, to support the 4 Gen Logistics team in maximizing the benefits of their Volvo VNR Electrics.”

4 Gen Logistics purchased 40 Volvo VNR Electric next generation trucks with funding support from California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) to reduce its impact on the communities where its freight trucks operate. One additional Volvo VNR Electric truck is being deployed as part of the Volvo LIGHTS project.

“Together, let’s show the world that zero-emission trucks can reliably serve the demands of the freight transportation industry, while bringing cleaner and healthier air to local communities,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “And let us lead by example.”

To charge its growing battery-electric fleet, 4 Gen Logistics secured more than four acres from the Port of Long Beach with a 10-year agreement to build and operate truck charging infrastructure. The site will include 60 350 kW charging stations in two phases at the POLB facility and another 30 at the Rialto facility, also in two phases. These stations will enable 4 Gen Logistics to charge its six-battery pack Volvo VNR Electric trucks (which feature 250 kW charging capability) to an 80% state of charge in 90 minutes.

As part of the 10-year agreement between 4 Gen Logistics and the POLB, Electrify America will install the charging at both the POLB location and the Rialto facility.

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