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World’s first full-electric large commercial vehicle parcel deliveries to be piloted in London
Volta Trucks, the Scandinavian start-up full-electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is to pilot test its forthcoming Volta Zero, claimed to be the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne delivery vehicle, with UK parcel delivery service DPD.
The vehicle will be tested by DPD within London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 1Q2021.
Rob Fowler, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, comments: ‘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 utilise the Volta Zero in the centre of London in an efficient 24-hour operation.’
More than 10% of DPD’s vehicle fleet is now fully electric, reaching its 2020 target more than five months ahead of schedule. The company’s EV fleet now stands at 700, up from just 130 at the start of the year. DPD says it has delivered nearly 5mn emissions-free parcels this year, saving over 2mn kg of CO2.
Photo: Volta Trucks