Trucking news and briefs for Monday, June 22, 2020: 

Volvo’s electric VNR

Volvo deploys first electric VNR truck
Volvo Trucks announced last week it has deployed its first pilot electric VNR truck in Southern California as part of the Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project.

The truck will operate at the Volvo Trucks North America TEC Equipment dealership in Fontana, California, transporting parts locally between TEC Equipment dealerships in Fontana and La Mirada.

“Volvo Trucks is proud to lead the way in the sustainable electrification of freight movement. Working with our dealership, TEC Equipment, to pilot the first Volvo VNR Electric on the road and in real-world applications is an exciting step toward our plans to commercialize these zero-emission trucks in North America this fall,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “The all-electric Volvo VNR will become the ideal truck model for short- and regional-haul applications, such as urban distribution and drayage.”

Starting in 2021, Southern California businesses will have the opportunity to lease Volvo VNR Electric trucks from TEC Equipment to gain firsthand experience with these advanced trucks in their fleet operations.

As part of the Volvo LIGHTS project, two local fleets —NFI Industries and Dependable Supply Chain Services—will also begin a pilot of the Volvo VNR Electric trucks for full operations in their regional routes later this summer.

Landstar giving away 2020 Freightliner in annual ‘All-Star’ event
Landstar System will hold its 2020 All-Star Truck Giveaway on Wednesday, July 8, in an online Zoom video conference. During the event, the company will give away a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia to one of four owner-operator finalists.

The four finalists are:

  • Jacob Bons, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois – 1 Million Mile Safe Driver
  • Almir Ferhatbegovic, of Knoxville, Tennessee – 1 Million Mile Safe Driver new inductee
  • Robert Jordan, of Soso, Mississippi – 1 Million Mile Safe Driver and Landstar Roadstar
  • Bill Williamson, of Atoka, Tennessee – 1 Million Mile Safe Driver

The Freightliner up for grabs is Viper Blue and