Volta Trucks, the Scandinavian start-up EV manufacturer, has announced that it will soon start a pilot test of its Volta Zero with DPD within London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in Q1 2021, supporting the courier company’s micro-depot strategy.
Rob Fowler, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, explained, “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.”
Olly Craughan, CSR general manager of DPD Group UK Ltd, added, “The vehicle is an ideal fit for our urban logistics strategy. It 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 offers near-silent operation, meaning DPD will be able to use the Volta Zero in the center of London in an efficient 24-hour operation.”