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Electric Volta Trucks fleet boosts logistics company

Logistics business DB Schenker is using electric trucks from Volta to help push its green future

Logistics company DB Schenker has made a major investment in sustainable operations, purchasing 150 Volta Zero models by the end of the year in a new contract. 

It follows the company’s trial of a Volta Zero truck in Paris in September 2022 and Volta’s move to set up a production line in Austria to mass produce their trucks.

The DB Schenker team were in Austria this week to see the progress on the factory and watch their Volta Zero Production Verification prototype being built. It will be one of the test trucks which the company will operate as part of a European field trial.

The fleet of trucks will transport goods from distribution hubs to the city centres and urban areas and part of the next phase of testing with the Volta Zero operating in real distribution environments carrying full payloads.

DB Schenker has plans to run the test vehicles in 18 different cities across Europe and Scandinavia, including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

Head of Land Transport at DB Schenker Europe Cyrille Bonjean says the tests are in line with the business’ strategy.

“Once again, DB Schenker is taking a pioneering role,” Bonjean says.

“As the market leader, we aspire to be the world’s number one provider of green logistics.

“We take responsibility for a reduction of emissions resulting from our fleet operations.

“The European field test of the Volta Zero Trucks is an important milestone for us and for Volta Trucks.

“The feedback of our drivers and carriers will be taken into account for the series production of the all-electric Volta Zero.

“With the on-boarding of the first 150 Volta Zero series production vehicles later this year, we will be able to deliver emission-free with more than 330 eTrucks from 7.5t to 19t in 124 cities across 22 countries plus around 70 cargo bikes – an e-fleet unmatched in the freight forwarding market.”

Volta Trucks CEO Essa Al-Saleh says the contract with DB Schenker was exciting for the business and its staff.

“DB Schenker has joined us on the journey to decarbonisation, and they’ve been able to experience and see the many safety and environmental advantages that the Volta Zero will bring to their urban logistics, and making our cities safer and more sustainable.

“Meeting with them in Steyr and being able to show them the actual vehicle that they’ll be testing in its build phases brings the whole experience to life and is a significant step for all of us.”

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