Volvo Trucks North America dealer TransEdge Truck Centers recently became the first Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle Dealer in Pennsylvania after its Pittsburgh location completed the robust staff training program and necessary facility upgrades.
The Certified EV Dealer program ensures professional pre-sales consultancy to secure a commercially and technically viable electromobility solution for its customers. On the aftermarket side, the certification ensures technicians have the proper technical training and understand all safety procedures when servicing electric drivetrains and components. The certification also includes investments in diagnostics tools.
At TransEdge Truck Center’s Pittsburgh location, three team members have been trained to service and maintain the Volvo VNR Electric and the Mack LR Electric, including one service manager and two technicians. The dealership converted one service bay to be dedicated to battery-electric trucks, and technicians have been outfitted with personal protective equipment for working with high-voltage systems.
The remodeled facility includes upgraded electrical service and charging infrastructure that can handle a 25kw and 50kw charger.
TransEdge Truck Centers is a family owned and operated dealership founded in the early 1920s. Now, the company operates six facilities that service Pennsylvania and its surrounding areas. The Pittsburgh site is about 18,000 square feet and has approximately $1.2 million in key parts and components inventory for the electric models.
“We have had a lot of interest in [electric models] from our customers and wanted to make sure we were ready to provide comprehensive sales and service support,” said Jim Gallagher, vice president of service for TransEdge Truck Centers.
“This … designation is the next step in ensuring we have the knowledge and skills to support our customers in meeting their sustainability goals,” he added.
In tandem with the certification, TransEdge hosted an Electric Vehicle Expo where key customers were invited for product walk-arounds to see the Volvo VNR Electric truck firsthand.
“We are proud of the success of our Volvo Trucks’ Certified EV Dealer program as it expands to yet another state and continues to build the ecosystem necessary for widespread adoption of battery-electric trucks across the nation,” said VTNA President Peter Voorhoeve. “Our dealer partner, TransEdge Truck Centers, continues to provide exceptional service to assist customers with their electromobility transition, and we are excited to see the overwhelmingly positive response to their event to introduce the Volvo VNR Electric to customers in Pennsylvania.”