German DB Schenker to order 1,500 electric trucks from Swedish Volta

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

DB Schenker will use prototype electric trucks in the spring and summer of 2022 in distribution operations, the results of which will be used in the production of 1,470 electric trucks.

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

The companies did not immediately provide details on the deal’s value.

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

The ban on fossil-fueled commercial vehicles will come into force in some European cities over the next few years, putting pressure on logistics providers to find zero-emission alternatives.

“The large-scale partnership with Volta Trucks allows us to considerably accelerate the pace of electrification of our fleet and to invest in greener transport solutions”, said Cyrille Bonjean, Executive Vice President of DB Schenker for the land transport in Europe, in a press release.

DB Schenker has around 74,200 employees in more than 130 countries.

The latest order brings Volta Trucks’ order book to around 4,500 electric trucks. The largest previous public order concerned 1,000 trucks, from the French refrigerated truck company Petit Forestier.

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Reporting by Nick Carey; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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