Electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Volta Trucks and Siemens Smart Infrastructure have agreed to partner to help Volta customers accelerate their transition to fleet electrification.
The companies have signed a letter of intent, which outlines plans to cooperate to deliver comprehensive eMobility charging infrastructure and software to Volta Trucks customers.
The partnership looks to bring together Volta Trucks’ Truck as a Service offer and Siemens’ experience in electric vehicle support solutions. This includes software control systems, facility electrification, charging infrastructure, energy management, building equipment and project finance. The partnership will seek to support Volta Trucks’ customers by providing infrastructure for full electrification aligned with their operational needs.
The technical infrastructure of the charging installations for Volta Trucks’ Truck as a Service customers would be overseen by Siemens. This includes the hardware and software required to operate the charging and power distribution infrastructure for fleets of Volta Zeros.
Volta Trucks’ customers could also achieve higher uptime with minimum expenditure, through Siemens’ performance management platform. This optimisation approach is powered by advanced analytical and simulation models and considers factors such as fleet duty cycles, charging times, battery life, optimal utilization and costs, and asset management.
Volta Trucks’ Zero model, billed by the company as the world’s first purpose-built, full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed for urban distribution, is currently undergoing on-road testing, ahead of series production in 2023.
“Through our partnership with Volta Trucks, we intend to co-create Transportation as a Service solutions, and deliver Volta Trucks’ customers higher uptime, a commitment to reliability through performance-based contracts, and reduced energy expenditure,” said Thomas Kiessling, chief technology officer of Siemens Smart Infrastructure.
“As commercial fleets look to meet sustainability goals and deliver cost effective, robust infrastructure solutions, we are pleased to be able to partner with Volta Trucks.”
Essa Al-Saleh, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, added. “To deliver the electrification of urban logistics at pace and scale, we need operationally efficient electrification infrastructure aligned to the exact requirement of each fleet. In Siemens, we have a world-class partner with the innovative technical solutions our customers will expect.
“Together, we are confident that our partnership with accelerate the migration to electrification.”