Electric freight pilot to begin in London

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Volta Trucks, a Scandinavian full-electric vehicle manufacturer, has announced a pilot test of its forthcoming Volta Zero with parcel and courier company DPD in London, UK.

The trucks will operated by DPD within the UK capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in Q1 2021, supporting the company’s micro-depot strategy in Westminster. The Volta Zero is a 16-ton vehicle, with an all-electric range of 95-125 miles. The startup is currently completing construction of its first prototype, with testing due to commence later this year.

Rob Fowler, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, added, “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 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 also offers near-silent operation, meaning DPD will be able to utilize the Volta Zero in the center of London in an efficient 24-hour operation.”

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