- The electric truck should finally hit the market at the end of 2022
- Picture gallery: Volta Zero (Demonstrator)
The electric truck should finally hit the market at the end of 2022
After the presentation and testing of prototypes with potential customers, the Swedish-British start-up company Volta Trucks started testing the final version of its 16-tonne electric van Volta Zero finally initiated the final development phase.
As can be seen in the first picture published by the company, a moving chassis equipped with a production-ready version of the drive train and on-board systems has passed the first functional tests on the road.
The company emphasizes that the time from the first prototype to the final version was particularly short: around eight months have passed since Volta Trucks officially launched the first test vehicle set up in Great Britain, while the final specifications and elements for the production model are now being determined has. The commissioning of the assembly lines, which is scheduled for the end of 2022, will take another year.
The prototype, affectionately called "Volta Minus One" by the development engineers, is the forerunner of the standard Volta Zero. It uses the chassis and drive train of the planned series vehicle and is used to test all electromechanical and thermal properties of the vehicle. This includes the high-voltage battery from Proterra and the compact unit consisting of the rear axle, electric motor and eAxle transmission from Meritor.
The unconventional body of the prototype serves exclusively to protect the development driver from the elements when the vehicle is on the move. The production vehicle will have a cargo bay, but the prototype uses a flatbed so engineers can try different load conditions in terms of weight and position to test the load capacity.
The upcoming test and development program with this and later prototypes also includes cold weather tests north of the Arctic Circle and hot weather tests in southern Europe. The comprehensive program will ensure that series-produced Volta Zero vehicles have the durability and reliability that fleet operators and vehicle owners have come to expect.
These insights will feed into the production of pilot fleet vehicles that will be tested and assessed by large customers who have signed up for both testing and the option to purchase production vehicles. This is to give them an understanding of how the Volta Zero can be integrated into their operations. The series production of vehicles according to customer specifications will then begin at the end of 2022.
The Volta Zero is the world's first fully electric 16-ton commercial vehicle, which was specially developed for inner-city goods traffic and reduces the environmental impact of freight deliveries in inner-city areas. The Volta Zero was designed from the ground up with a purely electric range of 150 to 200 km and is expected to save an estimated 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide by 2025.
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The Volta Zero was designed for electric operation right from the start, which also enables great improvements in terms of safety for the vehicle, driver and pedestrian. Thanks to the elimination of the internal combustion engine, the driver of a Volta Zero sits in a central driving position, with a much lower seat height than in conventional commercial vehicles. This and the glazed cabin offer the driver a wide 220-degree field of vision and minimize dangerous blind spots.
Picture gallery: Volta Zero (Demonstrator)
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