As agreed at the end of last year, Volta Trucks is expected to start delivering 150 Volta Zero trucks to DB Schenker, indeed one of the very first companies to show concrete interest in the all-electric truck model designed by Volta Trucks. Last week, a delegation from DB Schenker visited Volta Trucks’ contract manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria, the place where the e-trucks will soon be manufactured.
The Volta Zero Production Verification prototype, which DB Schenker witnessed the build of in Steyr, will be one of a fleet of test trucks which the company will operate as part of a European field trial. The fleet of trucks will be used in DB Schenker’s European terminals to transport goods from distribution hubs to the city centres and urban areas. This is where the vehicle’s innovative design that uses a safety-oriented cab to protect vulnerable road users, as well as its zero-tailpipe emission drivetrain, will offer the greatest benefits.
DB Schenker will be testing the Volta Zero at full load
In September 2022, DB Schenker and Volta Trucks successfully completed the very first on-road testing of the all-electric Volta Zero Design Verification prototype in Paris. This was part of an engineering development phase where no load could be carried. The next phase of testing will enable DB Schenker to operate the Volta Zero in real distribution environments carrying full payloads.
“Being able to welcome DB Schenker to our contract manufacturing facility in Steyr and show them, first-hand, the production progress of their first all-electric Volta Zero test vehicle, is extremely exciting. DB Schenker has joined us on the journey to decarbonization, 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”, commented Volta Trucks CEO, Essa al-Saleh.
“Once again, DB Schenker is taking a pioneering role. 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”, added Cyrille Bonjean, Head of Land Transport at DB Schenker Europe.