DB Schenker, the logistics unit of Germany’s railway operator Deutsche Bahn and one of the world’s leading logistics service providers, has announced an order for almost 1,500 electric 16-tonne trucks from Swedish manufacturer Volta Trucks.

DB Schenker will trial prototypes of Volta’s electric trucks from the spring of 2022 with the aim of decarbonising it distribution operations of goods from European terminals into city centres and urban areas.

The planned 1470 electric trucks will operate at 10 DB Schenker locations in five countries. Stockholm-based Volta Trucks plans to start production of the Volta Zero, a 16-tonne electric truck, in 2022.

“The large-scale partnership with Volta Trucks allows us to significantly increase the pace of electrification of our fleet and invest in greener transport solutions,” said Cyrille Bonjean, DB Schenker’s executive vice president for land transport in Europe.

The announcement increases Volta Trucks’ order book to around 4,500 electric trucks. Its previous biggest public order was for 1,000 trucks, from French refrigerated truck firm Petit Forestier.