Groupe Morneau deploys the first electric Volvo VNR in Quebec City

EASTERN CANADA — Volvo Trucks North America customer Groupe Morneau has taken delivery of its first electric Volvo VNR to operate on freight logistics routes in Eastern Canada.

The zero tailpipe emissions Class 8 truck was delivered to Groupe Morneau this week at a key handover event with local Volvo Trucks dealer Paré Center du Camion.

The Volvo VNR Electric is the first battery-electric Volvo heavy-duty truck in service in Quebec and the first Volvo VNR Electric tandem rear axle configuration in Canada.

“We commend Groupe Morneau for their leadership in deploying the first Volvo VNR electric truck in Quebec City and for their commitment to improving the sustainability of their fleet,” said Paul Kudla, General Manager for Canada, Volvo Trucks North America. “As one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in Canada, Groupe Morneau will have the opportunity to integrate the Volvo VNR Electric into a wide variety of distribution routes and set an example for other fleets in the region considering their electromobility options.

Groupe Morneau operates an extensive freight network across Quebec and is a leader in TL and LTL freight transportation services. With six business lines, a network of 23 terminals spread over 17 sites strategically located in Eastern Canada, 1,300 employees and 1,500 equipment.

Groupe Morneau purchased Volvo VNR electric trucks through Paré Center du Camion, which is currently finalizing its requirements to become one of the first Volvo Trucks certified electric vehicle dealerships in Canada.

“This first Volvo VNR electric truck will be our way of learning about battery electric vehicles. We want to obtain as much data as possible regarding its load capacity and its behavior under severe temperatures,” said Catherine Morneau, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Groupe Morneau. “Our goal is to be the industry leader in electromobility, helping us reduce our environmental footprint as we move to a more sustainable supply chain for our local deliveries.”

The dealership sales team, supported by the Volvo Trucks electromobility team, consulted with Groupe Morneau to determine the ideal routes for the electric Volvo VNR, based on vehicle range, ideal charging possibilities and duty cycle.

Paré Center du Camion will also help Groupe Morneau maximize vehicle availability by performing all scheduled maintenance with specialized technicians and maintaining an inventory of parts and components.

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