First Volvo VNR Electric Pilot Truck Now Featured at the North Carolina Transportation Museum | Volvo Group

Volvo Group North America (VGNA) recently donated one of the first Volvo VNR electric pilot trucks to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina. Hand-built for the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project, this truck was put in real-world commercial operations, and the learnings were used by engineers at Volvo Trucks’ headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina to develop one of the first commercial battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in North Carolina.
First Volvo VNR Electric Pilot

”Volvo Trucks is honored to be featured at the North Carolina Transportation Museum with an electric truck display that allows visitors to experience the future of transportation first-hand,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. ”Our headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina is a major research and development center, and we are proud to be an integral part of the state’s transportation story for more than 42 years.”

The display opened during the museum’s annual antique truck and train show Saturday, June 1st. Museum visitors are able to see the Volvo VNR electric truck up-close in the museum’s restored 1905 Back Shop, a repair facility that was once the largest industrial building in North Carolina. VGNA’s donation to the museum is a reflection of Volvo’s presence in North Carolina since 1981 and an opportunity to highlight one of the largest and most well-known truck brands in the world. The exhibit is a symbol of pride for local employees, suppliers and their families who visit the museum, and it helps ensure that trucking is featured as crucial to commercial transportation.

The North Carolina Transportation Museum, which opened in 1977, is located on the site of what was Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive repair facility, situated midway between the railroad’s main terminals in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The museum features a train depot and antique automobiles and trucks and is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural Resources.

"Interactive displays and hands-on experiences at the North Carolina Transportation Museum educate the community on the history and advancements of commercial vehicles," said Kelly Alexander, museum director. "Exhibits like the Volvo VNR electric truck showcase transportation evolution, inspiring future generations."

In February 2020, Volvo Trucks North America introduced this zero-tailpipe emission Class 8 V NRElectric pilot truck as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project. Through the Volvo LIGHTS project, Volvo Trucks and 16 other organizations designed and implemented a blueprint for the complete ecosystem needed to successfully deploy commercial battery-electric freight trucks.

In December 2020, Volvo Trucks became one of the first major truck manufacturers to commercialize battery-electric trucks in North America with the introduction of its Volvo VNR Electric model. Volvo VNR Electric trucks are ideal for urban and regional goods movement, helping to improve

local air quality and reduce noise.

June 20, 2024

For further information, please contact John Mies, Volvo Group North America: phone +1-336-543-9094, email

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