Fleetmaster Express First to Operate Volvo VNR Electric in Texas
On Monday, May 23rd, Fleetmaster Express gathered at the AT&T Stadium to celebrate the launch of the first 2 Volvo VNR Electric trucks in their fleet. With the help of Volvo Trucks North America, Ball Corporation, and Nacarato Truck Centers – this dream came to life.

“4 years of countless planning, engineering, and development; I’m thrilled to say that Fleetmaster Express is on the cutting edge of the industry delivering an alternative sustainable energy solution. Technology like this is the future of our industry,” said Travis Smith, chief operating officer, of Fleetmaster Express.

The trucks will operate out of Fleetmaster Express’s Fort Worth, Texas terminal with plans to grow to all local positions in Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, and Tennessee. Two charging stations have been installed to support the 100% electric vehicles and an additional 8 are scheduled for deployment over the next few months.

Fleetmaster Express has supported Ball Corporation since 1987; they are proud to be at the forefront of this technology. The Volvo VNR Electric trucks will be used to haul aluminum cans on roughly 8-mile runs around Fort Worth from Ball’s distribution center, averaging 10-15 trips per day.

“In order to reach our ambitious sustainability and net-zero goals – and ultimately bring us closer to further enhancing the environmental performance of Ball products for our customers – advancing freight sustainability with electrification technologies is essential,” said Adam Shalapin, global sustainability director at Ball Corporation. “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Fleetmaster Express and Volvo Trucks North America to reduce carbon emissions throughout our value chain, and we look forward to future opportunities to expand the use of electric trucks throughout our Beverage Packaging North America network.”

CAPTION: Two Volvo VNR Electric Trucks in front of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at a media event hosted by Fleetmaster Express, Ball Corporation, Volvo Trucks North America, and Nacarato Truck Centers. 

 CAPTION: Mayor Jim Ross of Arlington, Texas, congratulates Travis Smith, chief operating officer of Fleetmaster Express on deploying the first commercial Class 8 battery-electric trucks in Texas. 

CAPTION: Partners from each company toasted to the successful launch of two Volvo VNR Electrics for Fleetmaster Express. Pictured from left to right: Jim Wortman, regional supply planning manager, Ball Corporation; Jeff Lester, vice president of sales – southeast, Volvo Trucks; Pat Daily, chief operating officer, Nacarato Truck Centers; and Travis Smith, chief operating officer of Fleetmaster Express. 

CAPTION: Test Drive of the Volvo VNR Electric Truck at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

 Two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders with the Volvo VNR Electric Truck at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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