Volta Trucks to run London pilot with DPD

Scandinavian electric delivery vehicle specialists Volta Trucks have announced a pilot of its Volta Zero truck with DPD in the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone at the beginning of next year. The vehicle is to support DPD’s micro-depot strategy.

Rob Fowler, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, explained, “As the world’s first purpose-built, full-electric large commercial vehicle, the Volta Zero was specifically designed to deliver parcels and freight in inner-city locations where today’s air quality and noise pollution challenges are at their worst. The Volta Zero’s full-electric, zero-emission operation is perfectly suited to DPD’s distribution requirements within London’s strict Ultra Low Emission Zone, delivering parcels to central London’s customers in a clean and efficient way.”

Olly Craughan, CSR general manager of DPD Group UK Ltd, added, “The vehicle is an ideal fit for our urban logistics strategy. It is also much safer for the city’s pedestrians and other road users than other large goods vehicles, thanks to the unique design of the cab that offers the driver significantly enhanced visibility. Its full-electric drivetrain offers near-silent operation, meaning DPD will be able to use the Volta Zero in the centre of London in an efficient 24-hour operation.”