Germany’s DB Schenker to order 1,500 electric trucks from Sweden’s Volta

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LONDON, 30 November (Businesshala) – Deutsche Bahn’s [RIC:RIC:DBN.UL] Logistics unit Schenker will order about 1,500 electric trucks from Volta Trucks, a startup to transport goods from European terminals to city centers and urban areas, the companies said on Tuesday.

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DB Schenker will use prototype electric trucks in delivery works in the spring and summer of 2022, the findings of which will be used to produce 1,470 electric trucks.

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Those trucks would be built at a former MAN truck plant in Austria that was taken over by Steyr Automotive.

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The electric trucks will operate at 10 DB Schenker locations in five countries.

The companies did not immediately provide details on the value of the transaction.

Stockholm-based Volta Trucks, which also operates in the UK, plans to start production of the Volta Zero, a 16-ton electric truck, in 2022.

The ban on fossil fuel commercial vehicles will take effect in some European cities over the next few years, putting pressure on logistics providers to find zero-emissions alternatives.

“The massive partnership with Volta Trucks allows us to accelerate the electrification of our fleet and invest in green transportation solutions,” Cyril Bonzen, DB Schenker’s executive vice president for land transport in Europe, said in a statement.

DB Schenker has approximately 74,200 employees in over 130 countries.

With the latest order, Volta Trucks’ order book has grown to around 4,500 electric trucks. This previous largest public order was for 1,000 trucks from the French refrigerated truck firm Petit Forestier.

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Reporting by Nick Carey; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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