Volvo Trucks North America announced Wednesday dealer Hudson County Motors has become the first Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealer in New Jersey.
The company's Secaucus location, which services the greater New York area, earned the designation after completing the robust sales and technician training program and necessary facility upgrades to support battery-electric Class 8 trucks. Volvo says Hudson County Motors is in a prime location to support the drayage truck operators that haul freight between the Port Newark and Port Elizabeth marine terminals and warehouses throughout the region.
“We look forward to partnering with our dealer Hudson County Motors to expand the commercial deployment of Volvo VNR Electrics in the Northeast as Volvo Trucks continues to develop its electromobility network across the nation,” says Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “Port drayage applications are where we started our electromobility journey with the Volvo LIGHTS project on the West Coast, and now we are building out the dealer support network necessary to deploy the Volvo VNR Electric, amongst its other applications, in drayage operations that service East Coast ports.”
Hudson County Motors follows TransEdge Truck Centers as the second Volvo dealer to earn EV certification this week.
The dealer's decision to become a Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer was largely driven by significant customer interest in the Volvo VNR Electric model, which earlier this year was enhanced to provide a range of up to 275 miles.
“The next generation Volvo VNR Electric with the expanded range has been a game changer” says Tom DelGaudio, sales manager for Hudson County Motors. “The additional range makes the truck more appealing to a greater number of customers because they can now deliver their products all day without needing to charge. Our fleet customers have a high level of confidence in the ability for the Volvo VNR Electric to meet the daily rigors of their freight transport operations, as Volvo Trucks has continued to enhance its battery-electric truck lineup based on lessons learned through early deployments and ongoing customer feedback.”
Hudson County Motors has been in business since 1945 and in 2019 began planning for a new facility that would include EV servicing capabilities.
“I’m very pleased with the relationship we have with Volvo Trucks, we are in the perfect location metro wise to support the increased growth of Volvo VNR Electric orders,” says Ben Bellini, general manager. “The port is key for last mile delivery as trucks transport goods via local routes. It would be ideal for these fleets to transition from diesel trucks to electric trucks, as it would reduce the carbon footprint of port drayage and help make New Jersey a cleaner place to live.”