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DB Schenker accelerates transition to an all-electric urban vehicle fleet 30 November 2021

Confirms the largest pre-order for electric trucks in Europe to date

Just days after the conclusion of the COP 26 conference in Glasgow, DB Schenker and Volta Trucks, a leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, have confirmed an intensive partnership and pre-order of nearly 1,500 full-electric Volta Zero vehicles, the most significant order for large zero-emission trucks in Europe to date.

There are many challenges to overcome on the road to carbon neutrality. The large-scale partnership with Volta Trucks allows Schenker to significantly increase the pace of electrification of its fleet and invest in greener transport solutions. It brings the Company closer again to its goal of carbon neutral logistics.

Volta Trucks is a scale-up full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services company. Volta Trucks’ Head Office is in Stockholm, Sweden, with its engineering led from the UK, and forthcoming manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria.

The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-ton vehicle designed specifically for inner-city logistics. Thanks to the removal of the internal combustion engine, the operator of a Volta Zero sits in a central driving position with a much lower seat height than a conventional truck. This combination, along with the glasshouse-style cabin design, provides the driver with a wide 220-degree field of visibility, minimising dangerous blind spots. The prototype Volta Zero was launched in September 2020, and the first vehicles are expected to be operating with customers in mid-2022.

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-ton Volta Zero is 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, safety-oriented cab to protect vulnerable road users, and zero-emission drivetrain offer the greatest benefits. Together, DB Schenker and Volta Trucks will explore the potential uses of the technology to potentially expand the offering. The rollout will begin at 10 locations in five countries.

The partnership will also jointly develop specifications for the previously announced 12-ton Volta Zero variant, conducting site testing to accelerate vehicle deployment of vehicles, and train drivers.