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Swoopin chooses the Volta Zero for 100% electric sustainable logistics in France, Belgium and Italy.
By Duncan Forrester | 06 January 2021
  • Swoopin to trial the Volta Zero as part of their full-electric fleet of logistics vehicles.
  • Trial to take place in 2021 across Swoopin’s major markets of France, Belgium and Italy ahead of the start of production of customer vehicles in 2022.

Swoopin, the global provider of sustainable transportation and urban logistics services, will trial the full-electric Volta Zero in 2021. Swoopin has developed an integrated network of technology-driven urban distribution centres, providing an innovative and convenient delivery service to customers.

The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle for inner-city freight deliveries, designed to reduce the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. The Volta Zero will complement Swoopin’s already extensive existing fleet of electric vans, cars and eBikes, supporting their last-mile distribution hubs, and helping cities meet ambitious CO 2 emissions targets. The extensive network also leads to a reduction in delivery mileage, which aligns with Volta Trucks’ philosophy of increasing the size of delivery vehicles, to reduce the number of smaller delivery vehicles on the roads, reducing congestion and improving the environment.

Commenting on the trial of the Volta Zero, Nicolas Spielmann, Chief Operations Officer of Swoopin, said;

"We have been working to make all our delivery operations green for the past six years. Thanks to Volta Trucks, we are now able to apply our strategy to this final segment of our internal strategy. The Volta Zero will feed our 60 urban hubs across France, Belgium, and Italy on a daily basis for our e-commerce activities. We will finally be able to provide efficient and green next-day delivery to nearly anyone in Europe."

Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, Rob Fowler, continued;

"I am delighted to welcome Swoopin, with such strong sustainability credentials, to the trial of the Volta Zero. There are clear parallels between the two companies, which makes the partnership so relevant and symbiotic. Swoopin’s operations will also provide a wide range of feedback to our technical teams as we grow our understanding of the various user cases ahead of the start of production of the final vehicle in 2022."

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Editor’s notes.

About the Volta Zero.

The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for inner-city freight deliveries, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. Designed from the ground up with an operating pure-electric range of 150 - 200 kms (95 – 125 miles), the Volta Zero will eliminate an estimated 180,000 tonnes of CO 2 by 2025.

Safety is also at the heart of Volta Trucks, with its ambition of being the safest large commercial vehicle manufacturer. The Volta Zero was designed for electric from the outset, which facilitates a step-change in vehicle and pedestrian safety. Thanks to the removal of the internal combustion engine, the operator of a Volta Zero sits in a central driving position, with a much lower seat height than a conventional truck. This combination, plus a glass house-style cab design, gives the driver a wide 220-degrees of visibility, minimising dangerous blind spots.

The first prototype Volta Zero was launched in September 2020, with the first pilot test vehicles due to start evaluation with customers in 2021 ahead of the start of series production in 2022.

About Volta Trucks.

Volta Trucks is a start-up full-electric goods vehicle manufacturer and services company. Volta Trucks has offices in the UK and Sweden and has partnered with a number of industry- leading design and engineering companies to develop the Zero, including Prodrive, Astheimer and Magtec.

For further information, please contact:

Duncan Forrester
Public Relations and Communications consultant
T: 00 44 7768 877877

Ade Thomas
Social Media and Sustainability Communications consultant
T: 00 44 7802 875710

E: press@voltatrucks.com


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