DPD completes testing of Volta Trucks’ new electric prototype

Technical tests on Volta Trucks’ latest prototype, the all-electric Volta Zero Truck, have been completed in collaboration with DPD.

The new 16-tonne vehicle is specially designed for urban logistics, “taking into account the safety of the vehicle, driver and pedestrians”.

With a full charge, the vehicle can be driven 150 to 200 kilometers without using fossil fuels. Volta hopes that this will “significantly reduce the environmental impact of freight deliveries in inner cities”.

DPD was involved in beta testing the Volta Zero. With some testing and development phases still to go through, Volta expects to start customer production of its Zero model in early 2023.

Testing of the prototype took place at DPD’s site in Hinkley, Leicestershire. Although the vehicle was not loaded with packages, it was tested on a number of specified routes, including freeways, dual carriageways and city centers.

“It was fantastic to get our hands on a Volta Zero and put it through its paces with our own drivers alongside Volta Trucks engineers,” said Olly Craughan, Head of Sustainability at DPD, adding: “The Beta -Trials are a chance for us to test the vehicle firsthand and help Volta Trucks see exactly how it performs in real scenarios and on typical tracks.”

He continued, “Working with the Volta Trucks team in the cab gave us a great insight into their work and how the truck could fit into the fleet. As we increasingly operate in low- and zero-emission zones in major cities, we have already transformed our urban delivery strategy with micro-depots and all-electric van fleets in inner-city areas. But there is a real need for larger, greener vehicles that fit into this strategy.”

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