Maersk Subsidiary Purchases 16 Battery-Electric Trucks for SoCal Fleet

Performance Team truck
Performance Team truck
A Performance Team truck with a new Volvo VNR Electric cab. Photo courtesy of Performance Team.

Performance Team, a Los Angeles-area based subsidiary of shipping company Maersk, is adding 16 new, Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks to its transportation fleet to replace 16 diesel trucks as part of Maersk’s Environment Social Governance (ESG) strategy to decarbonize logistics, the company confirmed in late August.

The order reflects the company’s responsible procurement efforts to integrate ESG into its business activities, the company says.

“We’re seeing a 30% growth rate in our Warehousing & Distribution business. Customers are looking for more truck power to meet high volume delivery demands,” Performance Team Executive Vice President of Operations Jason Walker remarked. “This new order of Volvo VNR Electric trucks will give us firsthand experience on their performance carrying regional loads and environmental benefits.

“Our findings,” he added, “will help determine next steps in our fleet modernization and the electric infrastructure necessary for future operations.”

In addition to zero tailpipe emissions, the Volvo VNR Electric trucks simplify maintenance and improve working conditions for drivers by offering state-of-the-art responsiveness, a quieter cab free of engine-related vibrations, and by eliminating exposure to diesel fuel and exhaust, according to Performance Team.

“We are excited to partner with Performance Team … as they begin their fleet electrification journey,” Volvo Trucks North America President Peter Voorhoeve said.  “Deploying VNR Electric trucks in the very near future on logistics routes in California is a true testament to moving electromobility and sustainable transport solutions forward in the trucking industry.”

Built in a Dublin, Virginia factory, the order is anticipated to arrive in Q4, and reflects the largest order of VNR Electric models to date of Volvo electric trucks, according to the manufacturer.

El Segundo, California-based Performance Team operates a North America warehousing and distribution network of 45 locations and a fleet of 215 trucks. The company is participating in a California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) grant to reduce emissions in the transportation sector by replacing diesel trucks with electric trucks and creating new, future charging infrastructure.