Volvo LIGHTS project team wins 2020 innovation award – Transport Magazine

The Volvo LIGHTS project in Southern California was recognized with the 2020 Innovation Award at the recent Breath of Life Awards Gala. The event, held virtually on September 24, celebrated influential Southern California community leaders for accomplishments that align with the organization's mission of promoting the purity of the air and human health through research, education, advocacy and technology.

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"We are honored to recognize the Volvo LIGHTS project team with this year's innovation award," said Marc Carrel, president and CEO of BREATHE Southern California. "The project team has developed a truly unique and comprehensive approach to bring this transformational zero-emission technology to market, and we are delighted that the pilot is taking place here in Southern California."

The Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project is a collaboration between 15 public and private partners to develop a master plan for the successful large-scale market introduction of trucks and battery-powered electric equipment. The project is led by Volvo Group and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), with partners NFI Industries, Dependable Supply Chain Services, TEC Equipment, Trillium, Greenlots, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, CALSTART, University of California, Riverside CE-CERT, Reach Out, Rio Hondo College, and San Bernardino Valley College.

"Through the Volvo LIGHTS project, we are designing an end-to-end solution to ensure the successful commercialization of our Volvo VNR Electric battery-powered trucks later in the year," said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “We could not accomplish our mission without partnering with our trusted dealers, infrastructure experts, customers, government agencies, universities and other stakeholders. We look forward to continuing to share lessons learned from the project to contribute to the future of commercial transportation electrification. "

In February 2020, Volvo Trucks North America presented its Volvo VNR Electric project trucks for the first time at the Volvo LIGHTS innovation fair in Southern California.

“The Volvo LIGHTS project is a perfect example of business and government working together to make zero-emission freight transportation a pervasive reality,” said Judy Mitchell, South Coast AQMD and CARB board member. "We hope this project paves the way for more emission-free trucks and charging infrastructure, which will help improve air quality in Southern California."

Mitchell and Keith Brandis, vice president of partnerships and strategic solutions at Volvo Group, virtually accepted the award on behalf of the Volvo LIGHTS project team at the ceremony on September 24.

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