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Volta Trucks confirms its first customer ‘Studio’ and commercial headquarters in France

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Volta Trucks, the leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has revealed the details of its first customer ‘Studio’ and headquarter building in Paris, as it prepares for the first full-electric Volta Zero commercial vehicles to start operating on the city’s streets by the end of the year. 

The ‘Volta Trucks Studio’ in Paris is the first of many in-market headquarter offices where the company will operate its commercial operations and welcome customers during the sales process. The Studio experience will be educational, informative and also displaying the essence of the Volta Trucks brand.

The ‘Volta Trucks Studio’ is on the historic Rue Edouard VII, off the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris, linking the Madeleine and Opera districts. The central facility is perfectly located amongst offices, shops, homes, restaurants, hotels and theatres, and near where many of the company’s customers will live and work.

The ‘Volta Trucks Studio’ concept complements the recently announced ‘Volta Trucks Hub’ facility that will deliver its Truck as a Service maintenance and aftersales operations, as well as hosting admin offices, a Volta Trucks Academy training centre and a Call Centre that will provide the interface between customers and the company’s team of technical and commercial experts, 24/7/365. The recently announced ‘Volta Trucks Hub’ in Paris is in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, to the south-east of Paris, and will serve the important logistics centres of Rungis, Orly, Créteil and Bonneuil-sur-Marne, where Volta Trucks’ customers have distribution warehouses. 

Paris is one of two EU launch markets for Volta Trucks, as well as London. Under current legislation, diesel engine vehicles will be banned from operating in Paris from 2024 as all French cities of more than 150,000 residents adopt new Low Emissions Zones. As part of this legislation, the French government is offering incentives of up to €100,000 for the transition to zero-tailpipe emission vehicles, making the acceleration of fleet electrification of paramount importance to French fleet operators.

The company will soon announce the location of the Volta Trucks Hub in London, but the London Studio operations will be managed within the company’s Commercial and Research and Development base on the M4 corridor between Reading and Bracknell, close to the operations of its UK customers. Studios and Hub locations will be confirmed across the remaining EU launch cities of Madrid, Milan, the Rhine-Ruhr region of Germany, and the Randstad region of the Netherlands in due course. 

Confirming the first Volta Trucks Studio in Paris, Essa Al-Saleh, said; “Since its inception, Volta Trucks has taken an innovative, industry-redefining, customer centric approach to commercial vehicles. The ground-up design of our full-electric Volta Zero and our unique Truck as a Service ownership model are two good examples. Now, we will redefine the face-to-face customer experience with the first of many Volta Trucks Studios, located near where our customers live and work. Customers tell us that they don’t want to visit a large, old-school, out-of-town showroom where, inevitably, the truck they want isn’t on display. They would like to have discussions with a product expert in an intimate and non-pressured environment. And when the time comes to see and demonstrate the truck, it will be delivered to them so they can understand how it works in their own depot. That’s the Volta Trucks Way. To have the market’s commercial operations and staff all together under one roof will also ensure that whatever the topic of customer conversation, a Volta Trucks expert will always be on hand.”

About the Volta Zero.

The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for urban logistics, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. Designed from the ground up with an operating pure-electric range of 150 – 200 kms (95 – 125 miles), the Volta Zero will eliminate an estimated 1.2M tonnes of CO2 by 2025.

Safety is also at the heart of Volta Trucks, with its ambition of producing the safest trucks for our cities. The Volta Zero was designed for electric from the outset, which facilitates a step-change in vehicle, driver 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. This combination, plus a glass house-style cab design, gives the driver a wide 220-degrees of visibility, minimising dangerous blind spots. The prototype Volta Zero was launched in September 2020, with the first vehicles expected to be operating with customers in mid-2022. 

In November 2021, Volta Trucks announced Europe’s largest purchase of full-electric trucks with DB Schenker’s order of 1,470 vehicles. This followed Petit Forestier’s order of 1,000 Volta Zeros. Volta Trucks now has a total order bank of around 6,500 vehicles, with an order bank value of circa €1.4 billion. 

About Volta Trucks.

Volta Trucks is a scale-up full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services company. Volta Trucks’ Head Office is in Stockholm, Sweden, with its engineering led from the UK, and forthcoming manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria. The company also has sales teams across France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and the UK, and is also rolling out ‘Volta Trucks Hubs’ in every launch city to manage the service and maintenance of vehicles as part of its Truck as a service offer, with the first Hub confirmed in Bonneuil sur Marne, to the south-east of Paris. 

Volta Trucks is partnering with a number of global leaders in the supply chain for the development and production of the Volta Zero.


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