VTNA Admiral Peter Voorhoeve said the rollout of the EVNR tractor will chase the company’s advancing testing of battery-electric trucks with two California-based fleets.
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The battery-electric adaptation of Volvo Trucks North America’s VNR Class 8 bounded hauler— dubbed the EVNR— is now slated “to go on auction at the end of 2020,” appear Peter Voorhoeve, the OEM’s president, at an Oct. 6 columnist appointment at the American Trucking Associations’ anniversary Management Appointment and Exhibition in San Diego.
“The future,” he said, “is accident today.” Voorhoeve said the EVNR barrage will chase the company’s advancing testing of battery-electric trucks with two California-based fleets as allotment of the Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (Volvo Lights) development affairs it’s administering with California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District and over a dozen industry partners.
Most of the allotment for the $90 actor activity is advancing from the California Air Resources Board with about $4 actor additionally advancing from the SCAQMD.
Once the EVNR hits the market, it will “in the alpha be aimed at bounded and bounded administration fleets and for [short-haul] drayage operations,” Johan Agebrand, VTNA’s administrator of artefact marketing, told HDT.
VTNA did not absolution any added capacity on the EVNR’s specs, but at a September columnist accident it declared that the barter has a accepted Volvo I-Shift automated chiral optimized for electric powertrains and uses ample array packs army on the anatomy rail ahead of the drive tires.
Turning to added avant-garde technology, Voorhoeve acicular out that Sweden-based Volvo Group all told now has “a actor affiliated assets operating, including 560,000 Volvo trucks, with 200,000 of those operating in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
“Connectivity is how we defended added uptime,” he continued. “And forth with bigger aliment of vehicles, we additionally can drive sustainability.”
Voorhoeve took a few annual to accent how the all-around OEM angle this marketplace. “Volvo is a Swedish-originated brand. North America is our second-home market— and the better bazaar in which we advertise trucks.”
As for the actual prospects, he estimates that 2019 will accomplishment with 325,000 new Class 8 barter orders in North America. Voorhoeve acclaimed that he “sees the able activity bazaar and chump spending as still active GDP growth” in the U.S., although he accustomed that all-embracing bread-and-butter advance actuality is “slowing bottomward and that affects confidence.”
Voorhoeve appear that Volvo’s bazaar share, August year to date, is up hardly from 13.5 to 13.9 in Canada; up added decidedly in Mexico from 1.9 to 3.2; and bottomward in the U.S. from 10.7 to 9.7, which he attributed to “starting a bit apathetic at the alpha of the year.”
Looking ahead, he said the OEM is absorption on “taking it to the abutting akin through our allegorical assumption of chump service.” He accent the actuality that VTNA has already fabricated “a decade of abundant investments in our banker network,” which now numbers 435 locations. “Plus, there are the investments fabricated by dealers themselves,” he added, acquainted that one dealership afresh opened a 100-bay facility, vs. the archetypal aerial cardinal of 30 bays.
In addition, Voohoeve acicular to the $400 actor actuality invested over six years to aggrandize and advancement its New River Valley, Virginia, accumulation plant. He acclaimed that the activity is actuality done “partly to accept a abode to body electric trucks” and will advance to over 700 new jobs at the plant.
“Our trucks are proudly accumulated in the U.S.A,” he said, abacus that they are “really ‘made in the U.S.A. if you booty into annual their absolute accomplishment process.”
Voohoeve said the aggregation is additionally continuing to advance in its centralized Uptime Center, pointing out that its agents can “see around whatever is activity on with [customer] trucks wherever they are” and can accommodate over-the-air reprogramming of affiliated components, including alteration the about-face patterns of its I-Shift automated chiral transmissions to bout new assignment cycles.
“The barter is no best a automated box,” he remarked, “it’s a high-tech environment.”
VTNA additionally appear at the columnist appointment that it has partnered with telematics provider Geotab to action an chip cyberbanking logging accessory band-aid for all Volvo-powered trucks of archetypal year 2015 and newer.
The band-aid couples Volvo’s factory-fit telematics accessory with Geotab’s ELD appliance and uses a cloud-based arrangement for added reliable abstracts abduction and delivery, acquiescence with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, and abounding affinity with Android and iOS platforms.
Accessing ELD abstracts through the MyGeotab aperture enables agile managers to accumulate clue of agile acquiescence with real-time abstracts insights through a convenient interface area they can appearance abundant letters on disciplinarian logs, abuse alerts and active letters on the cachet of the fleet, amid added things.
Geotab Drive for Volvo Trucks’ cloud-based arrangement provides barter with added reliable ELD data-capture capabilities. Reliable and robust, this band-aid helps to accumulate HOS abstracts safe and secure, and avoids abeyant pitfalls associated with added solutions that are hardwired, crave pairing, or ask drivers to download abstracts annal assimilate a USB, according to VTNA.
Volvo Trucks began partnering with Geotab in 2016 to advance telematics capabilities in its trucks. The OEM’s onboard telematics accouterments ties in with Geotab’s ELD belvedere for “the best seamless and able band-aid possible,” acclaimed VTNA’s Agebrand.
VTNA’s sister aggregation Mack Trucks alone appear at the ATA affair that it is rolling out Geotab Drive for Mack Trucks. “Mack Trucks is admiring to assignment with Geotab to use absolute cloud-based technology for advertisement ELD advice and allowance fleets ensure they are advancement disciplinarian hours of casework compliance,” said David Pardue, carnality admiral of affiliated agent and arrangement services, in a account release.“ Cloud-based abstracts advertisement simplifies the action for customers, and because it does not crave them to acquirement a new ELD accessory or for them to be codicillary on accouterments accessories or a wireless connection, it makes abstracts accumulating added reliable.”
Pardue added that the telematics device, factory-installed in every Mack vehicle, sends agent abstracts and positional abstracts to the cloud, which again generates automated assignment cachet logs. A disciplinarian can accept to access assignment cachet logs manually through the Geotab Drive app on a adaptable device, which will again be circumscribed into an authentic almanac of assignment status.
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