Logistics service provider, DB Schenker, has partnered with Volta Trucks and placed a pre-order of nearly 1,500 fully-electric Volta Zero vehicles – one of the most significant orders for large zero-emission trucks in Europe to date.
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.
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 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 vehicle deployment of vehicles, and train drivers.
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.”