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Nacarato Truck Centers becomes Virginia’s first certified Volvo Trucks EV dealer

Feb. 2, 2022
Nacarato Truck Centers supports three carriers that are using the zero-tailpipe emission model to transport inbound parts and components to Volvo’s Dublin plant.

Nacarato Truck Centers’ Roanoke dealership completed Volvo Trucks North America's (VTNA) required training and certification program, further expanding the OEM's network of certified electric vehicle (EV) dealers into Virginia.

According to VTNA, Nacarato Truck Centers has been instrumental in introducing Volvo Trucks’ VNR Electric model in the state, as it is supporting three trucking carriers that are using the zero-tailpipe emission model to transport inbound parts and components to the Volvo Trucks New River Valley Assembly Operations (NRV) in Dublin, Virginia.

“As the first Volvo Trucks dealership in Virginia to become certified to provide sales and service for our VNR Electric model, Nacarato Truck Centers is a key partner as we strive to improve the sustainability of our own supply chain,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of VTNA. “We look forward to collaborating with them to maximize uptime for the VNR Electric trucks that are a part of our logistics routes at NRV, as well as for our other fleet customers that operate throughout the region.”

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Completing the Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer program ensures dealerships have the robust sales and service ecosystem required to support customers with their zero-emission transportation goals. Sales teams are trained to provide professional pre-sales consultancy to secure a commercially and technically viable electromobility solution for fleet customers.

On the aftermarket side, the certification ensures technicians have the proper technical training and understanding of all safety procedures when servicing electric drivetrains and components. The certification also includes investments in diagnostics tools and personal protective equipment for technicians working with high-voltage systems.

“Completing the Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer program at each of our dealerships is a key goal, as we increasingly receive inquiries about the Volvo VNR Electric from fleets throughout our customer base,” said Pat Daily, COO of Nacarato Truck Centers. “Our certified locations will be fully prepared to help guide our customers on the Volvo VNR Electric model that best suits their operating needs. In addition, we intend to make a Volvo VNR Electric truck available in our leasing and rental fleet so that multiple customers can get firsthand experience operating the truck on their daily routes.”

See also: Volvo Trucks strives for fossil-free commercial truck lineup

Founded in 1976 in Nashville, Tennessee, Nacarato Truck Centers operates a network of Volvo Trucks dealerships and service centers throughout Tennessee, Virginia, Southern Kentucky, Maryland, and Georgia. Its location in Roanoke, Virginia, is the first to receive the Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer designation. The dealership group is also in the process of certifying its Hagerstown, Maryland, and Nashville, Tennessee, locations with the intent to complete the certification at all eight of its dealerships.

Nacarato Truck Centers has a total of six technicians fully certified to perform maintenance and repairs on the Volvo VNR Electric model, with two technicians each at its Roanoke, Hagerstown, and Nashville dealerships. All three locations have also installed charging infrastructure to support the battery-electric trucks.

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