Major Commercial Euro EV Truck Order

This is a serious commitment to electric logistics

By Gary S. Vasilash

DB Schenker has been around since 1872, moving things first between Vienna and Paris, then, with time, around the world. Clearly the company knows what it is doing to have existed for so long.

It is not unusual for a logistics company to announce that it is buying some electric trucks. Generally the number announced is not all that large. After all, when you are being depended on by someone to get whatever from here to there within a set period of time, you don’t want to depend on some technology that is still somewhat new.

It is one thing for someone to have an electric passenger car.

It is entirely another for a company that could be moving critical goods to put it on an electric 16-tonne electric truck.

Note the clever cab design of the truck–high visibility for the driver to make driving in city centers (or “centres”) easier. (Image: Volta Trucks)

So it is notable that DB Schenker has announced that it is purchasing 1,470 such trucks to transport goods from distribution hubs to city centers from Volta Trucks.

Volta Trucks?

A Stockholm-headquartered company established in 2017. An objective of the founders is to “decarbonize last-mile logistics and to make city centre environments safer, more pleasant and sustainable places to live and work.”

And to do so with the development of commercial vehicles like the Volta Zero.

DB Schenker will be working with Volta to develop a 12-tonne variant of the Zero, as well.

The logistics company will test a prototype of the Volta Zero during the spring and summer of 2022, then the learnings from that will be rolled into the production trucks.

It will utilize the vehicles at 10 locations in five countries.

Cyrille Bonjean, executive vice president, Land Transport at DB Schenker said, “The large-scale partnership with Volta Trucks allows us to significantly increase the pace of electrification of our fleet and invest in greener transport solutions, brings us closer again to our goal of carbon neutral logistics.”