Tottenham MP Rt. Hon. David Lammy, alongside policymakers, industry leaders and key customers and stakeholders were also present.
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.
“Zero-emission freight is an area which has been considered a significant barrier in the shift to decarbonising road transport” said Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. “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. 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.”
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.
“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” added Tottenham MP, Rt. Hon. David Lammy. “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.”
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