Volvo Group and Pilot Company, North America’s largest travel center operator, have signed a letter of intent as part of a partnership to build a nationwide public charging network to support truck expansion Volvo VNR battery-powered electrics.
Pilot Company plans to deploy high-performance charging infrastructure at select Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in the United States to accelerate charging network growth. This infrastructure will be accessible to trucks of all brands.
The new partnership will allow fleets a more seamless transition to electric mobility by addressing accessibility issues and potential barriers, such as long project lead times and high installation costs, that could otherwise prevent the widespread use of battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
“As we work to build a more sustainable and decarbonized transport system, our team strongly believes that partnership is the new leadership. We look forward to working side-by-side with Pilot Company and combining our unique industry knowledge, expertise and resources to develop a comprehensive nationwide charging network,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks. North America.
“Our VNR Electric customers, as well as other fleets looking to adopt battery electric trucks, will have peace of mind knowing they can access a reliable and robust charging network that is publicly accessible, strategically located along the along key transport corridors, allowing them to extend their operating radius and further decarbonize their routes,” said Peter Voorhoeve.
Volvo will work with Pilot Company to determine which of the current Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers should be prioritized for high performance charging infrastructure based on the currently deployed and planned battery electric truck deployment volume, charging needs and customer habits, and the availability of federal and state funding to support capital costs.
Through this agreement, Pilot Company and Volvo will be at the forefront of embracing electrification and creating reliable and sustainable transportation options for next generations of battery electric vehicles.
“Pilot Company and Volvo are fully invested in transportation solutions that will guide and support the industry through the energy transition,” said Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Company. “Joining forces with Volvo, an expert in freight technology, reinforces our mutual commitment to national electrification and sustainable transport infrastructure. This strategic partnership is aligned with our goal of serving customers where they are going, now and in the future.
With a current range of up to 275 miles, Volvo Trucks North America has created the Volvo VNR Electric to give fleets the ability to perform regional and urban distribution without exhaust emissions. Early adopters of VNR electric trucks have, until now, used depot charging to support their daily routes, in which trucks return to a location to recharge.
Recent bipartisan support for the goal of improving BEV charging capabilities and reducing the transport sector’s carbon footprint is coupled with the deployment of public charging infrastructure that can support medium and large vehicle fleets. heavy.
The Pilot Company currently has a network of over 750 travel centers across North America, including six provinces in Canada and 44 states in the United States. The partnership with Volvo for the establishment of a high-performance charging infrastructure serves to further extend the benefits offered to the trucking community. Pilot Company is committed to providing customers with a full range of amenities to make road travel easier, including dining options, shopping, Wi-Fi and restrooms. Now also a powerful charging network at most locations.
Source: Volvo Group
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