Volvo Trucks simplifies EV charger procurement

By Mike Brezonick03 October 2022

Volvo Trucks North America announced a new program designed to provide streamlined access to electric vehicle (EV) charging offerings for dealers and fleet customers. The Vendor Direct Shipping program provides customers the opportunity to procure mobile and fixed charging hardware solutions directly from Volvo Trucks dealers when they purchase Volvo VNR Electric trucks.

Charging systems Volvo Trucks’ Vendor Direct Shipping program provides Volvo VNR Electric truck customers the opportunity to include mobile and fixed charging hardware solutions like this Heliox 180kW DC Fast Charger to support small and midsize fleets as they transition to battery-electric trucks. (Photo: Volvo Trucks)

“The Vendor Direct Shipping program is a simple and effective method of ordering charging hardware for customers purchasing VNR Electric trucks,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “The Volvo Trucks dealer will be able to log in to the parts portal and order chargers just as they would to order any truck part.

“As we’ve said from the beginning, the purchase of a VNR Electric is more than just a truck, it’s a total transportation solution and providing our customers with reliable charging hardware is a key pillar in that process.”

Beginning this month, customers will have the opportunity to purchase charging hardware when they purchase a Volvo VNR Electric truck. Customers will have two chargers from Heliox to choose from initially – a 50 kW Mobile DC Fast Charger (Single Port CCS1) or a 180 kW Flex DC Fast Charger (up to three CCS-1 dispensers). Volvo Trucks will continue to expand its offerings and partners as more and more fleets begin to adopt battery-electric trucks.

Customers participating in the program can also work with participating vendors to develop tailored and scalable infrastructure to ensure the battery-electric trucks are being charged up efficiently while making the best use of available power, Volvo said. Heliox is the first provider to participate and has a team of EV charging experts and partners to ensure the entire project goes smoothly, from delivery, setup, commissioning, testing, training, operations, and beyond.

“Heliox is excited to mature our partnership with Volvo Trucks,” said David Aspinwall, president, Heliox North America. “After many great projects over the past year, this agreement will make it exponentially easier for Volvo Trucks dealers and end users to procure everything they need to kickstart their EV fleet projects. By giving them simplified access to our full portfolio of CCS-1 products, future e-mobility programs can now happen faster and with greater efficiency.”

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