DPD unveils green delivery with 16-tonne EV

The ‘Volta Zero’ vehicle, which will hit London’s streets in the first quarter of 2021, is thought to be ‘world’s first’ purpose-built full-electric delivery vehicle

DPD has announced it will deliver parcels in London‘s Ultra Low Emissions Zone with what is thought to be the ‘world’s first’ purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne delivery vehicle.

The ‘Volta Zero’ vehicle, which is developed by the Scandinavian startup electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Volta Trucks, will be tested in the first quarter of 2021, supporting the firm’s micro-depot strategy.

The heavy vehicle which has near-silent operation was specifically designed to deliver parcels and freight in inner-city locations, in a way that could improve air quality and prevent noise pollution.

It also provides safety for the city’s pedestrians thanks to the unique design of the cab that offers the driver more visibility of the traffic.

Olly Craughan, CSR General Manager of DPD Group UK Ltd, said: “The vehicle is an ideal fit for our urban logistics strategy and the fact that it will be the most sustainable commercial vehicle is a fantastic achievement too and mirrors our own strategy to be the UK’s leader in sustainable delivery.”

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