European refrigerated vehicle and container rental firm, Petit Forestier Group has placed an order with Volta for 1,000 fully electric Zero trucks – the largest sale to date for Volta.
The refrigerated zero-emission 16- tonne Volta Zero trucks for urban deliveries and operations will join the Petit Forestier Group’s fleet of over 58,500 vehicles from 2022. They will be equipped by Lecapitaine, the Group’s industrial subsidiary, and a European leader for the design and manufacture of refrigerated bodywork.
The Lecapitaine design office has already started collaborating with the Volta Trucks’ technical teams to ensure the comprehensive integration of the box body and the refrigeration unit, with the first refrigerated Volta Zero due for user testing next year ahead of the start of production in 2022. This industrial agreement will also cover all refrigerated vehicles sold by Volta Trucks.
In addition to the acquisition of 1,000 vehicles, the strategic partnership also focuses on the co-development of skills, in particular technical expertise in the maintenance of electric vehicles.
CEO of Volta Trucks, Rob Fowler, said: “Entering into a strategic long-term partnership to supply 1,000 vehicles to Petit Forestier, the leading refrigerated truck rental company in Europe, and working with Lecapitaine to integrate a refrigerated solution to the Volta Zero, will strengthen Volta Trucks’ position as the leading manufacturer of electric commercial vehicles.
“When we launched the Volta Zero, we knew that there was a pent-up demand for the electrification of trucks. The unprecedented reaction from our customers, decarbonising their fleets to meet forthcoming legislation, and improving the environment for everyone, has more than validated our expectations.”