Biggest fleet deal of electric trucks in Europe, as DB Schenker places pre-order of nearly 1,500 Volta Zeros

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.

DB Schenker is one of the world’s leading logistics service providers and the leader in European land transport. It has around 74,200 employees at more than 2,100 locations in over 130 countries. It’s great to see a company of this size leading the way towards a cleaner future in the logistics industry.

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Volta Trucks, who are a leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, will provide DB Schenker with their all-electric Volta Zero trucks. This is the most significant order for large zero-emission trucks in Europe to date.

Cyrille Bonjean, Executive Vice President Land Transport at DB Schenker in Europe, said: “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.”

Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, said: “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.”

As part of the partnership, DB Schenker will use the first prototype Volta Zero Trucks in real distribution conditions in the 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 all-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. 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 five countries.

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

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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