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Amazon adds 50 Volvo electric drayage trucks to its EV fleet in Southern California

Amazon is rapidly deploying its electric delivery trucks in various parts of the US. Recently, the company added fifty Volvo VNR electric trucks to its drayage fleet in Southern California. These trucks are already in operation at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and are expected to be in full service by the end of the year.

Volvo VNR electric trucks have a range of up to 275 miles and have a gross combined vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 82,000 pounds. These trucks are capable of hauling both heavy cargo containers and customer package loads in Amazon’s first- and middle-mile operations. Safety features include active collision mitigation, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

“We are proud to launch our largest fleet of electric heavy-duty vehicles in California,” said Udit Madan, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide operations. “Heavy-duty trucking is a particularly difficult sector to decarbonize, given these “We are even more excited to get the vehicles on the road. We will use what we learn from deploying these vehicles as we continue to identify and invest in solutions to reduce emissions across our transportation network.”

Amazon‘s move was necessary under California’s new Advanced Clean Fleets regulation, which will soon effectively ban the deployment of new ICE trucks. This regulation is currently pending a decision by the EPA, but is expected to be resolved within a year.

This effort by Amazon not only reflects the company’s environmental commitment, but is also an important step forward for the transportation industry in California. With the Volvo VNR electric truck, Amazon aims to operate its fleet with zero harmful carbon and diesel particulate emissions, traveling more than 1 million miles each year.

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