Siemens to Power Volta Trucks’ Charging Infrastructure

Siemens will partner with last-mile BEV commercial delivery start-up Volta Trucks to provide the charging infrastructure business customers will need to switch from ICE vehicles.

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has signed a letter of intent, outlining a cooperation to deliver comprehensive eMobility charging infrastructure and software to Volta Trucks customers. The partnership includes software control systems, facility electrification, charging infrastructure, energy management, building equipment and project finance. The companies will hope to support commercial customers by providing infrastructure for full electrification aligned with their operational needs.

The technical infrastructure of the charging installations would be overseen by Siemens to so that customers could achieve higher uptime with minimum expenditure, through Siemens’ performance management platform. This approach is powered by advanced analytical and simulation models and considers factors such as fleet duty cycles, charging times, battery life, optimal use and costs, and asset management.

The Volta Zero claims to be the world’s first purpose-built, full-electric 16-ton commercial vehicle designed for urban distribution and to deliver safer and more sustainable cities. Its cabin design also claims unrivalled visibility for its driver and enhances safety for other road users, enhancing its role to operate within city center environments. 

Thomas Kiessling, chief technology officer of siemens smart infrastructure, said: “Through our partnership with Volta Trucks, we intend to co-create Transportation as a Service solutions, and deliver Volta Trucks’ customers higher uptime, a commitment to reliability through performance-based contracts, and reduced energy expenditure. As commercial fleets look to meet sustainability goals and deliver cost effective, robust infrastructure solutions, we are pleased to be able to partner with Volta Trucks.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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