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Volta Trucks is collaborating with Cake, the Swedish maker of lightweight electric motorcycles, to test drive a city centre final mile delivery service.

The first trial, which will take place in Paris with fashion retailer H&M Group in the first quarter of 2021, will see the Volta Zero used as a mobile mini-warehouse.

Cake’s electric motorcycles will be loaded into the Volta Zero from the distribution centre at the start of the working day and deployed into the city centre, where the bikes will be dispatched to deliver the last mile of parcels to customers.

The Volta Zero will also be free to redeploy to other locations throughout the day or to provide quick-replacement batteries for the Cake motorcycles if necessary, providing a city-wide coverage for deliveries.

Essa Al-Saleh, Volta Trucks chief executive officer, said; “We’ve designed the full-electric Volta Zero to be the cleanest, safest and most efficient urban delivery vehicle.

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“Most of our customers are using trucks to deliver from out-of-town warehouses to inner city stores. But as a forward-thinking brand, we’ve always sought innovative partners to deliver new and industry-redefining solutions.

“The partnership between Volta Trucks and Cake will showcase how a combination of zero tailpipe emission transport solutions can bring benefit to brands and customers, such as the H&M Group, and city centre environments.”

Stefan Ytterborn, founder and chief executive of Cake, added: “As the majority of today’s last-mile delivery chains will soon be banned in many of the world’s largest cities, world-leading e-commerce consumer brands need to engage in future-proof concepts now.

“Solutions need to be developed to offer lower emissions and less congestion, while benefiting from far more efficient deliveries all the way to the end customer.

“This innovative mobility ecosystem that the three brands are trialling is setting a clear direction for both healthier cities and business advantages.”