DB Schenker orders 1,500 Volta Zero 16-tonne LGVs

European trucking giant DB Schenker has placed a pre-order for 1,500 Volta Zero fully electric 16 tonne trucks. This is the largest order for electric LGVs in Europe to date.

Cyrille Bonjean, Executive Vice President of 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.”

Meanwhile, Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks confirmed the agreement with DB Schenker: “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.”

The first phase of the acquisition will be a live road-test of the first prototypes of Volta Zero trucks in spring and summer of 2022. These tests will result in the finalisation of the design for the 1,470 vehicles on order. These will then be built at Volta Trucks’ new contract factory in Steyr, Austria.

Volta Zero 16-tonne, fully electric trucks will move goods from DB Schenker’s distribution hubs to city centres and urban areas. The first vehicles will be used in 10 locations in five countries across the EU. At the same time, the two firms are to jointly develop the specifications for the 12-tonne Volta Zero variant.

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