Volvo Group North America (VGNA) today announced that it has received a $10 million price of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to introduce clean transportation solutions to Hunts Point in the South Bronx.
The award is part of the New York Clean Transportation Prize program, which promotes initiatives to improve electrification, reduce air pollution and expand mobility options in underserved areas of the state.
The program, which is managed by NYSERDA, supports the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s ambitious goal of an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, which is the highest in the country.
VGNA received the award in the Clean Neighborhoods category and will be the project leader for a multi-faceted strategy to provide businesses in Hunts Point in the South Bronx with easily accessible and reasonably priced clean mobility options.
“We are incredibly proud and honored to have been chosen to lead such an important project,” said Keith Brandis, vice president of system solutions and partnerships at VGNA. “Working closely with our community and vendor partners, we will use this award to bring real change to Hunts Point that will have a measurable impact on businesses and residents.”
President and CEO of NYSERDA Doreen M. Harris said, “NYSERDA is thrilled to support Volvo Group North America’s project that demonstrates how innovation in clean transportation can help transform Hunt’s Point by reducing the harmful emissions that so deeply affect this community. This highly replicable model will improve how food is delivered and distributed in our communities, provide opportunities for electric vehicle charging for freight and business owners through an electric truck co-op, and unleash battery technology from tip for transporting food.
The nation’s largest wholesale power center, 9 waste transfer facilities, several large recycling yards, a sewage treatment facility, and a residential neighborhood of nearly 13,000 people are all located in Hunts Point, which is part of the poorest urban district in the country. .
Electrifying local truck fleets is the easiest way to comprehensively address the region’s freight transport emissions.
In its proposal, the Volvo Group outlined three barriers that regional fleet managers need to consider before electrifying their fleets: access to affordable charging infrastructure, high acquisition costs of current electric truck models and the scarcity of battery-electric refrigeration solutions available in a food distribution center.
VGNA’s winning solution contains the following strategies to overcome these barriers to electric truck adoption:
Build a multi-user charging station for electric vehicles: The Recharge Station will be a new freight-focused public charging center on a 3.2-acre brownfield site in the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, to be built and operated by VGNA partner Shell Recharge Solutions (FDC) . The hub will solve the high cost of deploying fast charging and create an ecosystem for tailpipe-free cargo at Hunts Point.
Creation of the Electric Truck Drivers Cooperative (ETC): The 6,000-member Drivers Cooperative, a driver-owned ride-sharing group located in New York City, will create a new worker-owned zero-emissions logistics company under VGNA’s leadership. Four Volvo VNR Class 7 electric vehicles and one Mack LR electric garbage vehicle will be supplied by VGNA. ETC members will have access to electric trucks that they otherwise could not afford. The Recharge Hub will house and power all of the cooperative’s trucks.
Creation of a battery-electric refrigerated park: City Harvest, a food rescue organization, will receive four additional Class 7 VNR electric vehicles from VGNA. In addition to addressing food insecurity in the Bronx, the project will model emission reductions in a fleet of refrigerated vehicles. All four trucks will have eTRUs, or Electric Transport Refrigeration Units, and charge at the EV Cargo Center.
“Volvo Group’s goal is to drive prosperity through transportation and infrastructure solutions,” Brandis said. “This project is a perfect fit with that goal and our goal of having at least 35% fully electric vehicle sales by 2030.”
The project is expected to begin in early 2023, with first truck deliveries taking place in the fourth quarter, according to VGNA.
The following bands collaborated with VGNA to create this worthy project:
- The Great Hunts Point EDC
- THE CDC DOT
- City Harvest
- The drivers’ cooperative
- collective diaspora
- Shell Charging Solutions
- Proper Cities of the Empire
- Public Works Partners
- Barretto Bay Strategies
Credit and photo: PR Newswire.com
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