The logistics service provider DB Schenker has pre-ordered almost 1,500 electric trucks from Volta Trucks. As part of the partnership, which was announced on Volta Truck’s official page this morning. DB Schenker will use the first prototype of the Volta Zero under real distribution conditions in the spring and summer of 2022.
For DB Schenker, this is not their first electric truck order. As part of the ‘iHub’ funding project from the ICT for Electromobility technology Program, the logistics company has been testing electric trucks in Berlin since 2018. In 2020, DB Schenker introduced the first Volvo FL Electric into its fleet in Oslo, and in October 2020 the order for 36 Fuso eCanter was announced.
The order for up to 1,470 Volta Zeros is not only the largest electric truck order to date for DB Schenker, but also for the manufacturer Volta Trucks.
The agreement is being called a pre-order and the companies have not yet iterated under what conditions and by when the pro-order will become a binding order.
DB Schenker will initially receive vehicles of the 16-tonne variant but the logistics company is also interested in the smaller variant. Volta trucks say the partnership will also jointly develop specifications for the previously announced 12-tonne Volta Zero variant and conduct on-site testing to accelerate vehicle deployment and driver training. The startup first announced 7.5-tonne, 12-tonne and 19-tonne versions in May 2021.
DB Schenker has said it will initially deploy the vehicles at ten locations in five countries without saying exactly where in Europe these locations will be. The Volta Zeros are intended to be used to transport goods from distribution hubs to inner cities.
“We have many challenges to overcome on the road to carbon neutrality,”says Cyrille Bonjean, Executive Vice President Land Transport at DB Schenker in Europe