Volta Trucks and Siemens Smart Infrastructure signed a letter of intent to deliver a comprehensive eMobility charging infrastructure and software to accelerate the transition to commercial fleet electrification, as per the Electric Cars Report.
The partnership combines Volta Trucks’ unique approach to commercial fleet electrification and operational expertise through Truck as a Service, and Siemens’ global experience in software control systems, facility electrification, charging infrastructure, energy management, building equipment, and financing expertise. According to the press release from Siemens, it will support Volta Trucks’ customers by providing infrastructure for full electrification aligned with their operational needs.
“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,” said Thomas Kiessling, Chief Technology Officer of Siemens Smart Infrastructure.
The technical infrastructure of the installations will be overseen by Siemens, including the hardware and software required to operate the charging and power distribution infrastructure for fleets of Volta Zeros, the world’s first purpose-built, full-electric 16-ton commercial vehicle, built for safer and more sustainable cities, says the press release.
The partners aim to optimize the entire operation and achieve higher uptime at minimum expenditure. Advanced analytical and simulation modes will power this approach. It also considers fleet duty cycles, charging times, battery life, optimal energy utilization, costs, and asset management.
“I am delighted that Volta Trucks will be working with Siemens to bring industry-leading charging infrastructure solutions for our Truck as a Service customers,” said Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks. “To deliver the electrification of urban logistics at pace and scale, we need operationally efficient electrification infrastructure aligned to the exact requirement of each fleet. In Siemens, we have a world-class partner with the innovative technical solutions our customers will expect. Together, we are confident that our partnership with accelerate the migration to electrification.”
Siemens and Volta Trucks will work together to manage the infrastructure, the grid’s power capacity, or on-premise sustainable power sources.
Additionally, the infrastructure will be highly cost-efficient in installation and charging algorithms. Customers will have their depot energy needs captured and managed.