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TECHNICAL
INNOVATIONS
ELECTRIFICATION
Volta announces 'engineering kickoff' of smaller
electric trucks
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President
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2021 President
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Daniel Nicholson
Vice President - Automotive
Volta's Zero trucks have been designed by the company's partner, Astheimer Design, in Warwick, UK.
Volta Trucks has confirmed additional variants
of its Zero line of commercial electric vehicles.
The new models will be 7.5- and 12-tonne versions
of the company's existing 16-t truck.
Volta states that a design concept has been
selected and that both vehicles have entered
the engineering phase of development.
The first prototype Volta Zero was launched
in September 2020 and debuted in its production-ready
form in November 2021. That truck
was a 16-t model powered by a 150-225 kWh
battery with a stated range of 90-125 miles (145200
km). These smaller and lower tonnage
models are intended to expand Volta's lineup to
serve a wider range of uses and customers.
" The full-electric 16-tonne Volta Zero is our first
vehicle and the heart of our brand. But when designing
that truck, we knew that we'd need to
scale the innovative packaging and cab concept
to accommodate different size vehicles, " said Ian
Collins, chief product officer of Volta Trucks. " Our
customers tell us that they appreciate the safety
and zero-emission operations offered by the
16-tonne Volta Zero, but also need those positive
attributes in smaller 7.5- and 12-tonne vehicles,
and they need them quickly. "
Volta's Zero trucks have been designed by the
company's partner, Astheimer Design, in
Warwick, UK. The smaller trucks reportedly will
share a " close but evolutionary " exterior and
interior design with the existing 16-t vehicle. The
smaller models also will carry over the same
interior ergonomics as the 16-t model, which
features a low and centralized seating position.
Volta also has confirmed that the Zero will
feature integrated navigation services from
HERE Technologies. The system will be designed
to assist with route planning for urban
deliveries and include software to find the most
efficient routes, real-time traffic updates and
turn-by-turn voice guidance. The system
will feature geolocation technology via what3words,
which will navigate to destinations via a
grid location rather than a street address.
The engineering development of the 7.5- and
12-tonne vehicles will take place in the UK. A tarMichael
Weinert
Vice President -
Commercial Vehicle
Andrew Jeffers
Treasurer
David L. Schutt, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer
Gregory L. Bradley, Esq.
Secretary
Judy Curran
Rhonda Walthall
Joan Wills
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