German logistics giant orders 1,500 electric trucks

In general, Deutsche Bahn has the image of an extremely climate-friendly company. This is also correct for the transport of goods and people by rail. However, the state-owned company also has its own logistics subsidiary, DB Schenker, which handles most of the transport in the traditional way by truck. These are driven by diesel engines, which is not particularly beneficial for the climate balance. But technological advances could soon improve this. Because the company has placed an order for 1,500 electric trucks with the Swedish company Volta Trucks. If these are charged with green electricity, they enable completely climate-neutral transport by road. However, DB Schenker is also assuming a kind of pioneering role here. Because so far the Volta Zero has not even been produced in series. So it is not a classic purchase, but at least partially also a cooperation.

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The glass driver’s cab is intended to increase safety

DB Schenker will initially receive around thirty vehicles next year. These will then be used at ten locations in five European countries. With a range of 150 to 200 kilometers, long-distance transports are rather difficult. The electric trucks should therefore be used more on local routes – for example to transport goods from a central warehouse to the individual locations. Especially on the inner-city routes, the Volta Zero can score with some interesting innovations. He has a glass driver’s cab that enables a 220-degree all-round view. In this way, the driver should be given a better view, which ideally helps to avoid accidents. The blind spots that still exist are also technically monitored. This is primarily intended to prevent collisions with cyclists when turning right. The comparatively low maximum speed of 90 km / h, on the other hand, does not play a major role in such journeys.

Nothing is known about the purchase price so far

The practical experience gained by DB Schenker will then be used to optimize the series production planned in Austria. In this way, minor birth defects can be corrected before large numbers are tackled. How much DB Schenker will then have to pay for the delivered electric trucks has not yet been communicated. Normally, however, electric vehicles are significantly more expensive to buy than comparable models with a combustion engine. This supposed disadvantage is put into perspective over time because the operating costs are significantly lower. In principle, this should also be the case with the Volta Zero. The Swedish company will initially cooperate with DB Schenker. In the medium term, however, numerous other customers are to be won in order to gradually electrify road transport.

Via: DB Schenker

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