DB Schenker, one of Europe's leading logistics and transportation companies, has announced that it will test 150 Volta Zero trucks, the world's first purpose-built electric trucks, in its operations across the continent. The pilot test, which will start later this year, is part of DB Schenker's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and offering green logistics solutions to its customers.
The Volta Zero is a 16-tonne electric truck designed specifically for urban deliveries. It features a unique cab design that places the driver in the vehicle's center, providing a 220-degree range of visibility and minimizing blind spots. The cab also has sliding doors and a low step for easy entry and exit, as well as a spacious and comfortable interior with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching infotainment touchscreen.
The Volta Zero is powered by a Proterra battery pack that offers a range of 150 to 200 kilometers (95 to 125 miles), more than enough for most inner-city logistics and distribution vehicles. The battery pack is located between the chassis rails, which is the safest possible location. The truck also uses a compact electric motor, transmission, and axle unit supplied by Meritor, which provides enhanced efficiency and delivers 149 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The Volta Zero is not only eco-friendly but also versatile and capable. It can accommodate up to seven pallets or 16 Euro pallets in its cargo space, which has a volume of 37.7 cubic meters (1,331 cubic feet). It can also support different body types, such as ambient or refrigerated storage for temperature-sensitive cargo. Moreover, it can leverage bi-directional charging capability to power other devices or vehicles using its battery.