The Volvo Group and project partners strongly believes that achievement of California’s air quality goals will require a sustainable freight system with multiple configurations of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) that are tailored to differing customer needs. In addition to the vehicles, this solution must also include a well-planned network of charging infrastructures (in addition to existing public infrastructures), a network of service and maintenance centers with trained workforce, and provisions for energy efficient (or neutral) freight handling facilities.
Volvo LIGHTS is a three year $90 million project that began in February 2020. The main purpose of the project is to demonstrate that we can reliably move electric trucks between Los Angeles’ two major ports and distribution points while producing less noise and zero emissions.
The overall approach of Volvo LIGHTS is to begin commercial introduction of heavy-duty zero emission vehicles (ZEV) trucks while developing and demonstrating multiple configurations of zero-emission Class 8 electric trucks utilizing a common modular battery-based platform. The project will deploy the electric trucks in a variety of customer fleets that operate medium and heavy-duty freight trips in the greater South Coast Air Basin.
The project is led by Volvo Group and South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), along with partners NFI Industries, Dependable Supply Chain Services, TEC Equipment, Trillium, Greenlots, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, CALSTART, the University of California, Riverside CE-CERT, Reach Out, Rio Hondo College, and San Bernardino Valley College.
UCR CE-CERT’s effort in this project is focused on vehicle performance evaluation and optimization, both in the laboratory and on the road. The evaluation will also include a deeper dive into vehicle lifecycle emissions. In addition, CE-CERT will develop novel algorithms for fleet management including dispatching in a constrained charging environment. CE-CERT is excited to be part of this large program that will show electric vehicle technology will make a difference in Southern California.
By leveraging the Volvo Group’s global experience and order volumes, The Volvo LIGHTS Project will showcase the commercial viability of Class 8 ZEV trucks and provide the quickest and most cost effectiveness achievement of California’s health, air quality and climate change goals.