- Volta Trucks’ Truck as a Service Hub in London officially opens.
- Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan accompanied by Tottenham MP David Lammy, industry leaders and key customers and stakeholders to inaugurate new facility.
- Hub opening takes UK-based innovation-focused employment to over 600.
- The London Hub rated ‘Excellent’ overall in sustainability assessment.
Volta Trucks, the leading and disruptive all-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has officially opened its Truck as Service Hub in Tottenham, London.
The Truck as a Service Hub was officially opened today by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tottenham MP Rt. Hon. David Lammy, alongside policymakers, industry leaders and key customers and stakeholders.
Located on White Hart Lane in Tottenham, North London, the cutting-edge facility is the first to open in the UK and is designed to be the main destination for routine servicing and maintenance of vehicles in the London area. The innovative Hub will provide everything a fleet operator needs to support their seamless transition to electric trucks, also hosting admin offices, a Volta Trucks Academy Training centre and a customer call centre that will provide 24/7 assistance and technical support.
Together with Engineering, Software and Development facilities in the Midlands, and the company’s Reading-based commercial operations, the opening of the London Hub brings Volta Trucks’ own UK organisation to over 600 highly skilled employees.
The Mayor expressed his support for Volta Trucks’ pioneering activity, praising the company for its commitment to sustainability and accelerating the industry’s transition towards electrification.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Zero-emission freight is an area which has been considered a significant barrier in the shift to decarbonising road transport. That is why I’m delighted to support Volta Trucks, who have recently launched the London trial of their first fully electric heavy goods vehicle (HGV). The new Volta Zero vehicle is the future of London’s freight – world-leading in terms of green technology, while also meeting the highest safety standard which can be awarded to an HGV.”
He continued: “As more electric vehicles come onto our roads, it’s vital that London has the infrastructure to support them. TfL will be releasing another two batches of sites to the market to deliver public rapid and ultra-rapid charge points across its road network. These sites will play a huge part in supporting high mileage, essential road users such as commercial vehicles and businesses and will help us work towards building a greener and more prosperous London for everyone. But while London is leading the way, we need to see more action nationally to pick up the pace delivering electric vehicle infrastructure. When it comes to making the transition to cleaner vehicles and delivering the benefits of cleaner air, this must be considered an urgent national mission.”
Tottenham MP, Rt. Hon. David Lammy, continued: “It is great for Tottenham to have Volta Trucks leading the way with this state-of-the-art facility creating new green jobs, developing future talent, and bringing investment. It is vital to have these next generation of trucks on our roads to improve road safety and air quality with the workforce in place to support them.”
Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, added: “We are incredibly grateful to Mayor Sadiq Khan and Tottenham MP David Lammy for opening our brand-new facility. London has always been one of our key entry markets throughout Europe. The importance of improving air quality and increasing road user safety here is paramount and why Volta Trucks has made this significant investment. On our mission towards decarbonising urban logistics, we need political support through financial incentives, regulatory certainty and measures to accelerate the installation of charging infrastructure.”
Casper Norden, Chief Fleet Solutions Officer of Volta Trucks, added: “The opening of our Truck as a Service Hub in Tottenham is an exciting milestone for Volta Trucks towards our vision of zero-tailpipe emission cities. By establishing a strong presence in London and other major European cities, we aim to revolutionise the way that goods are delivered and transported in cities, accelerating the adoption of electric commercial vehicles, and paving the way for a cleaner and greener future.”
The Volta Trucks London Hub recently underwent a BREEAM assessment which is used to measure the sustainability performance of buildings across a range of design and operational areas. The Hub was deemed ‘Excellent’ in its overall asset performance score. The site is fitted with a photovoltaic system on the roof converting sunlight into energy for the site and a passive solar wall optimising the heating and ventilation of the building. This achievement reinforces Volta Trucks’ commitment to sustainability and its environmental footprint.
Complementing the London Hub is a network of third-party Certified Service Partners. Sapphire Vehicle Solutions, the company’s first UK partner, has a comprehensive service and maintenance network across the UK, designed around Volta Trucks customers’ requirements. They also use a fleet of mobile servicing units linked to each location, to maximise the uptime of customers’ vehicles.
About the Volta Zero:
The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built all-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for urban logistics, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. The Volta Zero is designed from the ground up with an operating pure-electric range of 150 – 200 kms (95 – 125 miles).
Safety is also at the heart of Volta Trucks, with the ambition to produce 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.
Volta Trucks is also innovating with its Truck as a Service proposition that has revolutionised the financing and servicing of commercial vehicle fleets. Truck as a Service offers fleet managers a frictionless and hassle-free way to electrify their fleet by offering an all-inclusive service for a single, affordable, monthly fee. It provides access to an all-electric Volta Zero, with its charging infrastructure needs provided by world-leader Siemens, insurance through Europe’s premier insurtech broker, Qover, and servicing, maintenance, and training requirements, maximising the uptime and operational efficiency of the vehicle.
About Volta Trucks
Volta Trucks was founded in 2019 in Sweden by co-founders Carl-Magnus Norden and Kjell Waloen. The company, focused primarily on operations across all major cities in Europe and the UK, is accelerating the transition to all-electric trucks, reducing the effects of climate change and helping make our cities safer, healthier and more sustainable for everyone. Volta Trucks has partnered with a number of global leaders in the supply chain for the development and production of the Volta Zero, at pace and scale. In total, Volta Trucks has raised over €360 million funding to date.
The company’s contract manufacturing facility is in Steyr, Austria, where the production of customer-specification vehicles began in April 2023. The company has also established a network of ‘Volta Trucks Hub’ service and maintenance facilities in its launch markets, with the first four already announced in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, to the south of Paris, in Tottenham, London, Duisburg, to the west of the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany, and in Madrid, Spain.