The Unpaved Road to Commercializing Battery Electric Freight Trucks

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Watch the recording of this webinar by ACT News, presented in partnership with Volvo LIGHTS.

With the world’s largest truck OEMs on a path to commercialization, we are on the cusp of a complete paradigm shift in commercial trucking. Electric trucks will lead to improved working conditions and potentially simplified vehicle maintenance, while reducing  noise and improving air quality—especially in crowded urban areas and freight corridors.

While there are many promising future benefits, the road to successful widescale deployment of electric trucks is one with many twists and turns. In Southern California, fifteen organizations are working together on a project called Volvo LIGHTS to design a successful blueprint to commercialize electric trucks for freight movement.

Watch this webinar to learn about:

  • The importance of good communication among project stakeholders
  • Who should be consulted or actively involved in the planning for your acquisition
  • How the parameters of your current business could impact your decisions
  • Ways to expedite your overall project timeline




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Volvo LIGHTS is a unique collaboration between the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Volvo Trucks and 14 other organizations to pioneer a range of vehicle, charging and workforce development innovations critical for the commercial success of battery electric trucks and equipment. Over a three-year project period, Volvo LIGHTS will demonstrate the ability for heavy-duty, battery electric trucks and equipment to reliably move freight between the city’s two major ports and warehouses throughout the region with less noise and zero emissions.

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. The total project cost is $90 million, with a funding award of $44.8 million.


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Dawn Fenton

Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs

Volvo Group North America

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Aravind Kailas

Advanced Technology Policy Director

Volvo Group North America

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Jim O'Leary

Vice President, Fleet Services