Producers Dairy, a Central California-based dairy processor and direct-to-store supplier, has placed an order for two Volvo VNR Electric trucks, anticipated to be the first commercial battery-electric Class 8 trucks to be deployed in California’s Central Valley. In late 2021, these zero tailpipe emission VNR Electric models from Volvo Trucks North America will begin to service Producers Dairy’s fleet routes from its Fresno manufacturing facility to grocery stores in communities along the 40-mile stretch of Highway 99 from Selma to Madera, California.Producers Dairy is a third-generation family business run by the Shehadey family that delivers quality, farm-to-table freshness. With a focus on nourishing lives, they prioritize the health of their community from the care of their cows to the delivery of their naturally produced dairy products. The two Volvo VNR Electric units will be the first battery-electric vehicles in the company’s fleet of more than 300 trucks, allowing them to add zero tailpipe emissions delivery to their list of efforts to improve the sustainability of their entire operations. To support the charging of its battery-electric fleet, Producers Dairy has installed two 150 kW DC fast chargers at its Fresno dairy processing facility with the ability to upgrade for future capacity.Incorporating maintenance, full coverage on components, towing and uptime services, the Volvo Gold Contract offered with the Volvo VNR Electric brings operational peace of mind and is the first service contract of its kind from Volvo Trucks North America. To fulfill the Volvo Gold Contract and support Producers Dairy and other local fleet operators in maximizing uptime for their Volvo VNR Electrics, Affinity Truck Center’s Fresno dealership is working toward becoming the first Volvo EV Certified Dealer in the Central Valley.To safely and efficiently perform battery-electric truck maintenance and repairs, Affinity Truck Center’s service team is participating in robust training, while the sales team is preparing to consult regional fleets who are considering investing in the Volvo VNR Electric for local and regional distribution, pickup and delivery, and food and beverage distribution. In addition, the dealership is working to install heavy-duty-capable charging infrastructure onsite.