Volta Trucks and DPD bring full-electric deliveries to London's Ultra Low Emission Zone
Scandinavian vehicle manufacturer Volta Trucks will start a pilot test of its forthcoming Volta Zero, a purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne delivery vehicle, in London in collaboration with DPD.
The Volta Zero will be tested by DPD within the British capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in the first quarter of next year, supporting their micro-depot strategy.
Olly Craughan, CSR General Manager of DPD Group UK Ltd, explained: “DPD is happy to announce a trial of the Volta Zero 16 tonne purpose built fully electric vehicle planned for 2021. The vehicle is an ideal fit for our Urban Logistics strategy; and the fact that it will be the most sustainable commercial vehicle is a fantastic achievement too, and mirrors our own strategy to be the UK's leader in sustainable delivery."
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's full-electric, zero-emission operation is perfectly suited to DPD's distribution requirements within London's strict Ultra Low Emission Zone, delivering parcels to Central London's customers in a clean and efficient way.”
Fowler added: “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 utilise the Volta Zero in the centre of London in an efficient 24-hour operation.”