DPD announces pilot test of electric Volta Zero

Electric vehicle manufacturer Volta Trucks is to start a pilot tests of its Zero model with parcel delivery service DPD early next year, the companies have announced.

The Volta Zero – a purpose built 16-tonne electric delivery vehicle – will be tested by DPD within London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in the first quarter of 2021, supporting their micro-depot strategy in Westminster.

Currently, Volta is building the first prototype Zero, which will be launched later in 2020, with the first pilot test vehicles due to start evaluation with customers in the first quarter of 2021.

The Zero is designed for inner-city freight deliveries, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. It has a pure-electric range of 150-200 kms (95-125 miles) and will eliminate an estimated 180,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2025, according to the company.

Olly Craughan, CSR general manager of DPD Group UK Ltd, said the company was “happy” to announce the trial. “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,” he added.

Rob Fowler, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, said: “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.

“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.”

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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