TEC Equipment Portland EV-Certified: Expanding the EV Network
TEC Equipment’s outlet in Portland, Oregon, has become the first of Volvo Trucks North America’s (VTNA) heavy-truck dealerships in the state to be certified to sell and service regional Volvo VNR Electrics and Mack LR heavy electric refuse vehicles, according to a recent press release from Volvo.
A Growing Network of Certified Dealers
The TEC Equipment Portland EV-certified status indicates that the sales and service teams at the Portland dealership, which is also TEC’s corporate headquarters, have completed the necessary training to support customers with deploying Volvo VNR Electrics and Mack LR refuse models. In July 2021, a TEC dealership in Fontana, California, became the first certified electric vehicle (EV) dealership, and 18 months later, TEC’s outlet in Portland has become the 25th in North America.
Strong Partnership with Volvo Trucks
“TEC Equipment continues to be an excellent partner to Volvo Trucks in the introduction of electromobility solutions to heavy-duty fleets operating throughout the West Coast,” said VTNA president Peter Voorhoeve. “We appreciate their ongoing leadership — from the deployment of the first Volvo VNR Electric in North America and the accomplishment of being the first Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealership in the nation, to now supporting more than a dozen fleets in maintaining their Volvo VNR Electrics and certifying their fourth dealership location in a new state.”
Support for Zero-Emissions Vehicles
Mack President Jonathan Randall said, “Mack is pleased that our dealer partner, TEC Equipment, continues to invest in its dealerships in order to support all Mack customers, as well as those that are adding zero-emissions vehicles to their fleets.”
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EV-Certified Service and Parts
TEC in Portland has installed the necessary equipment and diagnostics tools for a dedicated EV service bay and has trained and equipped four technicians on its service team to manage maintenance and repairs. The dealership also maintains a stock of parts and components required to maintain Volvo VNR Electrics and Mack LRs. To become EV-certified, dealers must meet numerous safety, infrastructure, charging, tooling, and training requirements.
Other EV-certified TEC dealers, all in California in addition to Fontana, are in La Mirada and Oakland. TEC is also working toward certifying its Dixon, California, dealership as part of the Electrified Charging Corridor Project. TEC operates 32 total locations in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota.
TEC Portland Facility Overview
The 120,000 square-foot TEC-Portland site on Columbia Boulevard along the Interstate 5 corridor offers 25 total service bays, one of which is dedicated to EVs, which require different lifts than those for traditional diesel-burning tractors. The dealership has 20 technicians, 11 of whom are master technicians and four that are EV-certified. TEC Portland has more than $3 million in parts inventory.
Ready to Support Electrification Goals
“Our team has greatly benefited from all of the hands-on electromobility experience we have gained by working with Volvo Trucks and its Certified EV Dealership program,” said Grant Small, VP of operations, Oregon, for TEC Equipment. “Oregon is among the first states to commit to adopting similar measures to California’s Advanced Clean Trucks rule, and we are now fully ready to support area fleets in achieving their electrification goals.”
Future Outlook for TEC Equipment and EVs
As the demand for electric vehicles continues to grow, TEC Equipment’s commitment to expanding its EV-certified network demonstrates the company’s dedication to supporting customers and the transition to more sustainable transportation solutions. By investing in training, infrastructure, and service capabilities, TEC Equipment is well-positioned to be a leader in the heavy-duty EV market.
For more information on Volvo Trucks and their electric vehicle offerings, visit their website here.
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