15th August 2022 – SWIFT HAULAGE BERHAD (“Swift” or “Company”), Malaysia’s largest haulier and leading integrated logistics service provider today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with Volvo Trucks Malaysia for the purchasing of electric vehicle trucks, exploring the potential charging network, developing qualified human capital development and technology sharing for electro mobility in Malaysia. The signing ceremony at Swift’s’ Headquarters was attended by the leadership teams from Swift, Volvo Trucks Malaysia and Volvo Trucks International.
The MoU marks the first step in Swift’s electro mobility journey and highlights their commitment to sustainability across all facets of their business operations. The interest in integrating Volvo Electric Trucks into their fleet reflects Swift’s responsible procurement efforts that will accelerate their environmental sustainability objectives.
Swift believes that the goal of a more environmentally sustainable transport fleet with zero emissions will be made possible through partnership with industry-leading leaders like Volvo Trucks, who share similar values and aspirations whilst possessing the technology and innovation know-how.
Volvo Trucks has the most complete electric lineup in the global truck industry, encompassing everything from city distribution and refuse handling, to urban construction transports and regional haulage.
“It is part of Swift’s strategy to grow our business whilst adopting sustainable technology that can improve operational efficiency and effectiveness while reducing carbon emissions. We have therefore decided to take the leap and make the shift to electro mobility. Over the longer term, we hope to convert our whole fleet to electric trucks. We are therefore glad to have Volvo Trucks with us on our journey in making the switch.” said Loo Yong Hui, Group CEO of Swift Haulage Berhad.
“Boasting Malaysia’s largest fleet of more than 1,500 prime movers, we are extremely proud to also be the first to integrate EV trucks into our fleet. We are looking forward to what electro mobility will do to transform our industry in the future. Swift has and always will be at the forefront of technological adoption and this latest move to adopt EV trucks is a testament to that.” he added.
“Volvo Truck’s core values are quality, safety, and environmental care, and these have been our guiding light from the start - and they will continue to guide us into the future. The innovations and new transport solutions such as electro mobility are developed to lead the way into a sustainable future and tackle the global challenges head-on by providing our customers with the optimal transport solutions to achieving their vision and sustainability goals,” said Anthony O’Connell, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks Malaysia.
“We are very proud and excited to embark on this journey with Swift to provide them with their first electric truck that meets their standards of productivity, increased safety standards and all at the same time, be better for the environment. We will not stop here and aim to provide holistic and comprehensive offers to our customers as Volvo Trucks continue to advocate partners on a larger scale and the bigger picture, which includes support such as infrastructure owners on supplying and providing sufficient charging facilities to ensure successful adoption of customized electric transport solutions,” added Anthony.
The future of sustainable futures has never been brighter when leaders in their fields are committed to solutions that do not sacrifice world-class efficiencies and safety standards but introduce sustainability into the mix. This is the start of a long and enduring journey with the first of many to come as more leaders pave the way towards a green and sustainable future for all.