Manhattan Beer Distributors, a major New York City-based beer and beverage distributor, has placed an order for five Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trucks – the first zero tailpipe emission, battery-electric trucks to be deployed in Manhattan Beer Distributors’ fleet of more than 400 delivery trucks.
Designed for local and regional freight distribution, the Volvo VNR Electric significantly reduces emissions for decarbonised transportation, reduced CO2 emissions, and cleaner air. The five Volvo VNR Electric trucks purchased by Manhattan Beer Distributors are the first commercial sale of this model outside of California.
“As a bold first mover and leader in bringing battery-electric Class 8 trucks to New York, Manhattan Beer Distributors is demonstrating to the industry that environmental and economic sustainability can go hand in hand,” says Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “This is an exciting milestone for both of our organisations, and we are honoured they have continued to partner with Volvo Trucks to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Manhattan Beer Distributors is one of the largest beverage distributors in the US and the largest beer purveyor in the New York City area, serving nearly 25,000 customers from five operational sites located in and around metropolitan New York. For more than 20 years, Manhattan Beer Distributors has demonstrated a leadership role in sustainable transportation, driven by a goal of reducing the company’s environmental impact.
“Manhattan Beer Distributors prides ourselves on implementing sustainable practices into all our operations and investing in the future because it’s the right thing to do,” says Simon Bergson, president of Manhattan Beer Distributors. “Being a Volvo Trucks customer for 13 years, we know we can expect the same level of safety, performance, reliability, and driver appreciation from the VNR Electric as we’ve always experienced with our Volvo products. We are excited to offer a zero-emission delivery solution to our customers and look forward to putting more Volvo VNR Electric trucks into our fleet operations.”
Manhattan Beer Distributors secured funding for the Volvo VNR Electrics from New York State’s Volkswagen settlement plan, Clean Transportation NY, that was developed to reduce emissions in major transportation corridors, including Hunts Point, by funding zero-emission vehicles and equipment.