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DPD has announced it will be trialling Scandinavian start-up Volta Trucks’ 16-tonne electric delivery vehicle in the New Year.

The Volta Zero model will be tested within London's Ultra Low Emission Zone to support DPD’s micro-depot strategy.

Confirming the partnership, Olly Craughan, corporate social responsibility (CSR) general manager at DPD Group UK, 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."

Rob Fowler, CEO of Volta Trucks, said: "As the world's first purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle, the Volta Zero was specifically designed to deliver parcels and freight in inner city locations where today's air quality and noise pollution challenges are at their worst.

“The Volta Zero's full-electric, zero-emission operation is perfectly suited to DPD's distribution requirements within London's strict Ultra Low Emission Zone, delivering parcels to central London's customers in a clean and efficient way.”

Fowler, himself formerly CSR general manager at DPD, added that the Volta Zero’s unique cab design offered enhanced driver visibility making it safer for other road users than traditional HGV models.

“Its full-electric drivetrain also offers near-silent operation, meaning DPD will be able to utilise the Volta Zero in the centre of London in an efficient 24-hour operation," he said.

DPD announced last week that it had beaten its target of having 10% of its couriers emission-free, achieving the ambitious goal five months ahead of schedule.

Operators wanting to trial the Volta Zero can now sign up online to join the manufacturer's Pioneer Programme.