Volta is to supply Petit Forestier Group with 1,000 fully electric refrigerated Zero trucks, the biggest order in the vehicle manufacturer’s history.
The 16-tonne models with Lecapitaine refrigerated bodies, which have a pure-electric range of 95 to 125 miles, will join the refrigerated truck rental specialist’s fleet of more than 58,500 vehicles.
Lecapitaine’s design office is currently working with Volta’s technical team to ensure the integration of the box body and the refrigeration unit, with the first prototype due for testing in 2021 ahead of production in 2022.
The agreement will also focus on skills development, technical collaboration, and customer support around Petit Forestier Group’s 280 branches.
Rob Fowler, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks said, “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.
“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.”
Leonard Forestier, chief executive officer of the Petit Forestier Group added, “We are taking action now to prepare for the future and to provide our customers with the best zero-emission refrigeration solutions, designed for their urban deliveries. We are delighted to work with the teams at Volta Trucks and to jointly help make our cities more pleasant.”