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DB Schenker, one of the world’s leading logistics service providers, and Volta Trucks have confirmed a partnership and pre-order of nearly 1,500 full-electric Volta Zero vehicles. It’s the most significant order for large zero-emission trucks in Europe to date.
As part of the partnership, DB Schenker will use the first prototype of Volta Zero Trucks in real distribution conditions in spring and summer of 2022.
The findings from these tests will be incorporated into the serial production of 1,470 vehicles built at Volta Trucks’ new contract manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria.
The full-electric 16-tonne Volta Zero will be used in DB Schenker’s European terminals to transport goods from distribution hubs to the city centres and urban areas.
DB Schenker and Volta Trucks will also explore the potential uses of the technology to potentially expand the offering. The rollout will begin at 10 locations in 5 countries.
Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, says: “I am delighted to welcome DB Schenker as a Volta Trucks customer. Working with DB Schenker on Europe’s largest full-electric truck order demonstrates the confidence that major freight distributors have in our ability to deliver a world-class zero-emission vehicle on time and to the highest possible quality.”
Cyrille Bonjean, Executive Vice President Land Transport at DB Schenker in Europe, adds: “We have many challenges to overcome on the road to carbon neutrality. The large-scale partnership with Volta Trucks allows us to significantly increase the pace of electrification of our fleet and invest in greener transport solutions, brings us closer again to our goal of carbon neutral logistics.”
The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed specifically for inner-city logistics, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in urban centres. With a pure-electric range of 150 to 200 km (95 – 125 miles), the Volta Zero will eliminate an estimated 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 by 2025.