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Volta Trucks to strengthen global position with new appointments

Volta Trucks is set to make two new appointments in a bid to strengthen its position as a global leader in the manufacturing of electric commercial vehicles and services.

Following the recent launch of the Volta Zero, the first purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle, Volta is to appoint Essa Al-Saleh as the new chairman of the board of directors, while Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen is to join as a new board member.

Essa Al-Saleh (L) and Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen

Al-Saleh will join Volta after 22 years with Agility, having spent the last 13 years as president and CEO of the company. In his tenure, he led the development of Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics from 300 to 18,000 employees and from $150m to $4bn of revenues, with operations in over 100 countries.

Bardenfleth-Hansen will bring to Volta 10 years of commercial experience of scaling Tesla in the Nordics, EMEA and Japan, culminating as director of EMEA business development. Most recently, he’s been chief growth officer for StreetScooter GmbH, a DPDHL subsidiary that manufacturers a two-seat, last mile and inner-city logistics vehicle, where he is responsible for international sales and after-sales, marketing and product.

Both announcements will follow the appointment of Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula who joined the Volta Trucks’ board of directors in August.

Co-Founder of Volta Trucks, Carl-Magnus Norden, said; “I’m delighted to be welcoming Essa Al-Saleh as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Volta Trucks. His extensive understanding of the global logistics industry, as well as his clear experience of growing fledgling organisations into globally successful businesses, will bring great benefits to the start-up Volta Trucks company.

“With Essa, Peter and Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula, the board of directors of Volta Trucks has extensive global knowledge and experience of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, as well as the needs and expectations of our logistics operator customers.”

Byggmästare Anders J Ahlström and Carl-Magnus Norden, together representing more than 50 per cent of the shares and votes of Volta Trucks, intend to vote in favour of the nominations at an EGM that will be held soon.