- Electric trucks for the last mile are scheduled to start at the end of 2022
- Picture gallery: Volta Zero (Demonstrator)
Electric trucks for the last mile are scheduled to start at the end of 2022
The Volta Zero is taking shape. The Swedish manufacturer Volta Trucks has now presented the series design of the electric truck. Big differences to the previously known appearance there is no such thing, however. In addition, the technical data is still missing.
The Volta Zero is a purely electrically powered 16-tonner for inner-city use with a range of 150 to 200 kilometers. Proterra was selected as the battery supplier, but it only manufactures battery systems; where the battery cells come from is not yet known. Further information on the Zero's battery, the drive, the dimensions and the loading volume are also missing.
The electric truck was designed by Astheimer Design in Warwick (Great Britain). One of the cornerstones of the design is the fully glazed cabin with a low, central seating position for the driver. The planned variants with 7.5 tons, 12 tons and 18 tons should obey the same principle. This means that the largest version is now an 18-tonner, while a 19-tonner was previously planned.
The changes compared to the demonstrator vehicle include the dark-tinted glass of the driver's cab and the elimination of the continuous, horizontal light bar at the front. The now vertical instead of diagonal line, which represents the interface between the driver's cab and the load compartment, makes production easier.
This is how the driver's cab was originally supposed to look, there is still no picture of the series interior
Inside, the color and material palette has changed, the light-colored leather has been replaced by a more practical anthracite and the teak floor has been replaced by a prosaic rubber mat.
Production of the first 25 prototypes is scheduled to begin shortly. These will be subjected to various tests from the beginning of 2022 – initially internally by Volta engineers, then by customers. The first series vehicles should then be produced at the end of 2022.
"When the Volta Zero was unveiled in September 2020, some thought that its revolutionary, globally unique design and packaging were only for show and could never be mass-produced," said Ian Collins, Chief Product Officer of Volta Trucks. Nevertheless it was successful. The aim of the design is to "improve both the safety of drivers and unprotected road users around large trucks in city centers".
The aim of Volta Trucks is to "produce the safest trucks for our cities". The Volta Zero was designed for electric propulsion from the start. By eliminating the internal combustion engine, the driver sits centrally, with a significantly lower seating position than in diesel trucks. The driver has a 220-degree view and the blind spots are smaller.
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Volta Trucks is headquartered in Stockholm, but development is managed from the UK. The electric truck will then be produced at Steyr Automotive in Austria, where MAN trucks will be built on the side until 2023, as the ORF reported in September. 27,000 Volta Zero are to be built by 2025.
Picture gallery: Volta Zero (Demonstrator)
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