Fleetmaster Express has ordered 10 Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks as part of the Virginia-based company’s plan to switch from a diesel to an electric fleet.
The first two trucks on orders should be delivered between late November and early December. The trucks will operate from the Fleetmaster Express terminal in Fort Worth, Texas.
“There is an approximate 40% increase in efficiency using electric fuel rather than diesel fuel,” Fleetmaster officials said in a press release. “The fuel savings will exceed the cost of electricity by a substantial amount. “
Fleetmaster Express recently tested the trucks at Volvo’s Greensboro, NC plant with Nacarato Truck Centers.
Fleetmaster Express and Volvo have teams of engineers who were able to track the performance and efficiency of electric trucks during these studies, company officials said.
Fleetmaster Express’s goal is to have a total of 18 units deployed by the end of next year and to continue to progress.
“Our goal is to create a better environment when deploying these trucks,” said Travis Smith, COO of Fleetmaster Express and England Transportation.