Volvo LIGHTS project in California: public private partnership in zero emission transport

Volvo Trucks North America presented a $44.8 million check to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project. The Volvo LIGHTS project is a partnership among the Volvo Group, South Coast AQMD and industry leaders in transportation and electrical charging infrastructure. The LIGHTS project will demonstrate the ability of battery electric vehicles to improve freight and warehouse efficiencies, reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Volvo LIGHTS will demonstrate the benefits of working with an interconnected team of fleets, private electric infrastructure companies, governmental agencies, and other stakeholders to help achieve valuable real-life insights to introduce and scale fully electric transport solutions on a broad basis.

Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America: “We look forward to spearheading our part of this end-to-end project to help the industry and society develop viable electromobility solutions in support of a more sustainable future”. As part of the project, Volvo Trucks will introduce all-electric Volvo VNR regional-haul demonstrators in California. The project offers a commercial solution to move cargo and freight around the state using zero-emission trucks and equipment that protect air quality and reduce climate-changing emissions.

The Volvo LIGHTS project involves 16 public and private partners and will transform freight operations at the facilities of two of the United States’ top trucking fleets. Volvo LIGHTS is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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