Volta Trucks announced that the logistics service provider DB Schenker made the largest pre-order for electric trucks in Europe to date, including 1,470 Volta Zero vehicles.
DB Schenker is one of the world leading logistics providers as well as the leader in European land transport and it employs around 74,200 people at more than 2,100 locations in over 130 countries. The company will be the first to use prototypes of the Volta Zero in real-life conditions, starting from spring and summer 2022. Findings from testing will then be incorporated into the serial production of the 1,470 vehicles. Those will be used at 10 locations in five countries.
Cyrille Bonjean, Executive Vice President Land Transport at DB Schenker in Europe, said that “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.”
Volta Trucks is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a UK-based engineering department and production facilities in Steyr, Austria.
The Volta Zero, which was introduced in concept form in 2019 and in production guise in 2021, is a fully electric 16-tonne truck designed for zero-emission inner-city logistics, with a range between 150-200 km (95-125 miles). The design of the truck with a low driving position and large glass surfaces makes it safer for urban environments as it eliminates blind spots. The first deliveries of the Volta Zero are expected in mid-2022.
The partnership between Volta Trucks and DB Schenker will continue in the joint development of the upcoming 12-tonne variant of the Volta Zero truck.