Volvo announces first two Canadian Certified EV dealers

Camions Volvo Montreal Dealership
Camions Volvo Montreal is one of two Canadian dealerships to be recognized as a Certified EV Dealer by Volvo Trucks this week.

Volvo Trucks North America's Certified Electric Vehicle(EV) Dealer network has entered Canada.

The OEM announced Monday it has designated two dealerships in Québec as its first two Certified EV Dealers in Canada — Camions Volvo Montreal and Paré Centre du Camion.

Volvo says the sales and service teams at both facilities have completed Volvo Trucks’ robust training program requirements to ensure they are prepared to support the commercial deployment of Class 8 battery-electric trucks in the region.

“Expanding our Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer network into Canada is an important milestone in our efforts to deploy our zero-tailpipe emissions Volvo VNR Electric trucks across all corners of North America,” says Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “We commend our long-time dealer partners Camions Volvo Montreal and Paré Centre du Camion for taking on this important leadership role in Canada, helping Volvo Trucks develop the ecosystem needed to support electromobility efforts at scale in the Quebec province.”

This is the third week in a row Volvo has added to its EV dealer designation list. Two weeks ago Affinity Truck Center in Fresno, Calif., was announced as a Certified EV Dealer facility and last week Nacarato Truck Center in Roanoka, Va., earned the accolade.

Volvo says Paré Centre du Camion was founded in 1987 and has two locations in Quebec — Québec City and Lévis. Its Quebec City facility is equipped to service the Volvo VNR Electric trucks, including procuring an electric truck charger. Paré Centre du Camion has already trained and certified three technicians to perform maintenance and repairs on customers’ Volvo VNR Electric trucks.

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“We are thrilled to be one of the first two dealerships in Canada to complete the Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer designation and look forward to helping our fleet customers in the region transition to Volvo VNR Electric trucks to improve supply chain sustainability,” says Marie-Claude Paré, dealer principal, Paré Centre du Camion. “We are big champions of Volvo Trucks’ mission to lead the global transition to electromobility, and plan to share valuable feedback from our customers on their experience operating Volvo VNR Electrics in the extreme cold of Canadian winters.”

Camions Volvo Montreal was founded in 2014 and is part of a network of eight Volvo Trucks dealerships. Its flagship Dorval location, the first location to receive the Volvo Trucks EV Certified dealership designation, now includes six truck bays that have been equipped to support battery-electric vehicle maintenance and repairs, including having access to a mobile EV charging unit. Volvo says six of Camions Volvo Montreal’s 30 technicians have completed Volvo Trucks’ required training program, with one specialist completing additional courses needed to become an internal training resource for other technicians. 

Pare Centre du Camion DealershipPare Centre du Camion Dealership is the second of two Canadian dealerships to be recognized as a Certified EV Dealer by Volvo Trucks this week.

“We are having weekly conversations with our customers who are very interested in the Volvo VNR Electric technology, including discussing which routes might be ideal to start with when integrating battery-electric trucks into their fleet,” sai Jean-Francois Bibeau, vice-president of sales, Camions Volvo Montreal. “We believe electromobility is the future of the global transport sector and look forward to partnering with Volvo Trucks to support electromobility projects as customer demand continues to grow.”

The Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer program was designed to ensure that sales representatives are fully trained to consult with customers that are considering deploying Volvo VNR Electric to ensure they are selecting a model configuration that is technically viable based on their operating requirements. On the aftermarket side, Volvo says the dealership certification ensures technicians have the proper technical training required to maintain electric drivetrains and components, as well as understand all safety procedures to follow when working with high-voltage systems. The certification also includes investments in the necessary vehicle diagnostics tools and requires the dealership to maintain a stock of key parts and components for the VNR Electric model to minimize service times and quickly get customers back on the road, the OEM says.

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