DB Schenker pre orders 1500 Volta electric trucks


Volta has received what it says is the largest order for electric trucks in Europe, 1500 pre-orders from logistics company DB Schenker

DB Schenker pre orders 1500 Volta electric trucks
Volta electric truck

Just days after the conclusion of the COP 26 conference in Glasgow, DB Schenker and Volta Trucks have confirmed an intensive partnership and pre-order of nearly 1,500 full-electric Volta Zero vehicles which the emerging electric truck maker says is the most significant order for large zero-emission trucks in Europe to date.

"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." says Cyrille Bonjean, executive VP land transport at DB Schenker in Europe. 

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.

"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," says Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Volta Trucks, confirming the agreement with DB Schenker. 

The full-electric 16-tonne Volta Zero is used in DB Schenker’s European terminals to transport goods from distribution hubs to the city centres and urban areas. The company says this is where the vehicle’s innovative design, safety-oriented cab to protect vulnerable road users, and zero-emission drivetrain offer the greatest benefits.

Together, DB Schenker and Volta Trucks will explore the potential uses of the technology to potentially expand the offering. The rollout will begin at 10 locations in 5 countries.

The partnership will also jointly develop specifications for the previously announced 12-tonne Volta Zero variant, conducting site testing to accelerate vehicle deployment of vehicles.

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