Operators can now apply online to trial the new Volta Zero city delivery truck from Scandinavian start-up Volta Trucks.

A new website has been launched ahead of the vehicle launch in autumn this year, which gives access to the manufacturer’s ‘Pioneer Programme’.

This allows operators to be the first to drive pilot fleet trucks and production vehicles when ready.

The Volta Zero is a purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne delivery vehicle, created to reduce the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres where existing pollution is at its worst.

Built in the UK, the Volta Zero was designed for electric from the outset, with the design optimised to boost both 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, thus giving the driver a wide 220-degrees of visibility, and minimising dangerous blind spots.

Volta Trucks CEO Rob Fowler said; “Volta Trucks is building the first purpose-built full electric large commercial vehicle for inner city deliveries. We see the immediate crisis of air pollution, and also the safety concerns with many of today’s large delivery trucks. We will show how we address these vitally important issues when we reveal our new Volta Zero in a few months’ time.”

He added that several well-known retailers and freight operators have already joined the Pioneer Programme to be first in line to use the new Volta Zeros.

“The reveal of the Volta Zero is on schedule for autumn 2020, and the count-down has started,” said Fowler.