Swedish start-up Volta Trucks passes an important milestone. Its Vota Zero electric truck has just received the certifications and authorizations necessary for its production and marketing in Europe.
Presented in the fall of 2020, the Volta Zero is a truck in the 16-tonne category, which the start-up positions mainly in the urban delivery market. For this use, it has a lowered cab for easy access, multiple peripheral cameras and a centrally positioned driver. Its 150 to 225 kWh batteries are supplied by the American group Proterra. They allow the Zero to claim an autonomy of 150 to 200 km. Propulsion is provided by an engine/transmission assembly fully integrated into the rear axle. It also comes from the USA, here from Meritor (14xe ePowertrain).
This Volta Zero has therefore just obtained European type approval. This opens wide the door to production and distribution in large volumes. In the coming weeks, the Swedish start-up will distribute its latest generation of prototypes to selected customers who will be able to integrate them into their fleet.
As for the actual production, it should start in the second quarter of the year. It will take place in Austria, at Steyr Automotive in Steyr. Resulting from the takeover of the MAN-Steyr entity, this company provides contract production in the field of utility vehicles, trucks and buses, like Magna Steyr in Graz (the two entities being from the same company, Steyr -Daimler-Puch).
The first production units will no doubt be delivered to customers after the summer, ie 3 years after the presentation of the vehicle.
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