Volta Trucks recently partnered with Petit Forestier Group to supply the refrigerated truck rental specialist with 1,000 Volta Zero zero-emission trucks. This is Volta’s largest order so far and will help Petit Forestier offer all-electric refrigerated rental vehicles starting in 2022.
The Volta Zero is a 16-tonne (17.5-U.S.-ton) vehicle powered by either a 160- or 200-kilowatt-hour Lithium Ion Phosphate battery that gives it an operating range of between 150 and 200 kilometres (93 and 124 miles). The standard Volta Zero features a 37.7-cubic-metre (49-cubic-yard) cargo box and has a payload capacity of 8,600 kilograms (18,960 pounds), but the figures for Petit Forestier Group’s vehicles may vary.
A Strategic Partnership
Petit Forestier Group currently manages a fleet of more than 58,500 vehicles. The new, all-electric additions will feature box bodies and refrigeration units from Lecapitaine, a bodywork specialist based in Saint-Lô, France, that also happens to be a subsidiary of Petit Forestier Group. Lecapitaine is working together with Volta Trucks to design the refrigerated bodies, with testing to begin in 2021 and full production to follow in 2022. Volta points out that this partnership will also be an opportunity to learn electric vehicle maintenance and other skills so Petit Forestier Group can offer full service to customers and ensure a smooth truck deployment at all of the company’s 280 branches in Europe and beyond.
Supplying The Demand
“Entering into a strategic long-term partnership to supply 1,000 vehicles to Petit Forestier, the leading refrigerated truck rental company in Europe, and working with Lecapitaine to integrate a refrigerated solution to the Volta Zero, will strengthen Volta Trucks’ position as the leading manufacturer of electric commercial vehicles,” says Rob Fowler, CEO of Volta Trucks. “When we launched the Volta Zero, we knew that there was a pent-up demand for the electrification of trucks. The unprecedented reaction from our customers, decarbonising their fleets to meet forthcoming legislation, and improving the environment for everyone, has more than validated our expectations.”
Source: Volta Trucks