Volta Trucks has confirmed the promotion and appointment of Ian Collins as its new chief product officer. Volta is a leading and disruptive fully-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider.
Ian Collins joined Volta Trucks in August 2020 as the engineering director after working at electric car producer, Polestar, as the head of UK R&D. In his new role he will be responsible for the development of the product roadmap and lifecycle planning for Volta Trucks. This includes all features, attributes and specifications across all sectors and markets.
He will also lead the design and development of all vehicles and products from initial concept through to market launch. His responsibility will also extend to overseeing the company’s procurement and quality functions, working with best-in-class partners and ensuring that customer’s expectations are exceeded throughout the life of the vehicle.
The announcement comes immediately following the unveiling of the company’s first running prototype chassis, complete with production-specification frame and drivetrain. Volta expects full-scale production of customer-specification vehicles will take place at the end of 2022.
Essa Al-Saleh, Volta Trucks CEO, said: “Ian’s developed a world-class team of engineers who are bringing the Volta Zero to life at industry-leading pace.
“He’s also created a nimble and agile approach to the design and development of our vehicles so we can react to our customer’s requirements and can supply them with the vehicles they urgently need.
“With the procurement and quality functions being directly linked to our product strategy, as well as our long-term commercial success, bringing these key departments together is a logical step as we develop our structure.”