VOLTIA completes 150th all-electric delivery van for European customer
Electric delivery vans are critical as European cities ban diesel while e-commerce grows
Bratislava – Slovak company VOLTIA, which deals with the upsizing of electric light commercial vehicles and helping companies switch to electric, just produced its 150th converted electric van.
This is a significant milestone for VOLTIA, and also for the light commercial vehicle and “last mile” urban delivery sectors more broadly. VOLTIA vans are of great interest to courier companies throughout Europe due to their size, payload, and walk in rear door access. These specifications are in great demand by European parcel and postal carriers but not widely produced or available. As e-commerce grows and more European cities go electric, with Madrid being the most recent one, urban delivery operators increasingly need to use zero emission vehicles for their deliveries.
VOLTIA vans are already in use by carriers in cities in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Czechia, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia and Ukraine by clients such as Direct Parcel Distribution (PDP), Chronopost, Menzies Distribution UK, DHL, and Slovak Post. In some cases they are used as regular delivery vans, just like any other. In other case they are one part of a whole emissions free delivery network involving regional depots and carriers on bike and foot.
"Converting our 150th vehicle is a real milestone for us, but we’re just getting started.” said Juraj Ulehla, cofounder of VOLTIA. “There is tremendous interest in the van. We are currently filling an order for 300 and have calls from parties interested in ordering further hundreds, so we are talking fleet scale now. Most of these vehicles will be going to courier services in Western Europe to support their transition to zero emission deliveries. We’re very proud to be providing the tools to enable this transition to occur.”
The growing demand has naturally required increased production. VOLTIA cooperates with another company, HOLLEN s.r.o. to perform the conversion work.
HOLLEN is a quality services provider for OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 auto parts and services suppliers, with offices and facilities in four countries.
“We like working with VOLTIA to convert electric vehicles,” said Tomáš Osuský, CEO of HOLLEN, “We work with the leading auto companies in Central Europe and it is nice to now apply our skills to the task of helping fleets go electric, the new direction in the auto industry. Our team working on this project has grown to 17 people and we expect to be able to convert up to 1500 vans in 2019 to meet the orders. We look forward to continued cooperation with VOLTIA to meet the demand for electric vehicles with enough cargo capacity in the light commercial vehicle segment.”
About VOLTIA a.s.
VOLTIA is one of a group of companies developing leading electric vehicle solutions. VOLTIA’s focus is on speeding up the transition to electric vehicles through providing vehicles, helping companies optimize their use, and via a software tool, connecting people and companies up with the right EV for them. The VOLTIA electric van is a conversion of the Nissan eNV200 and its parameters fully meet the needs for today's urban parcel delivery operations. With 8m3 of cargo space it has up to twice the cargo volume of other vehicles in its size category. It also has 580kg of payload capacity and up to 200km of range on a single battery charge. The cargo hold also features walk in rear door access.
About HOLLEN s.r.o.
Since 2001 HOLLEN has been a quality services supplier in the automotive sector in Central Europe. It has offices in Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary and Russia and employs up to 1500 people. Its main customers are OEMs (VW, Skoda, Audi, Porsche, Kia, Hyundai, PSA) and a majority of Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies in the CEE markets.