Volta Trucks, a leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has completed the first customer-driving evaluations of the Volta Zero Design Verification prototype in the company’s European launch markets.
These events gave customers their first experience with the zero-tailpipe emission medium-duty truck designed for urban logistics. This testing provided a real-world understanding of the electric vehicle’s (EV’s) performance. Plus, the advantages of the world-first driver-centric cab and innovative safety features.
The evaluations, undertaken on proving grounds in Paris, Madrid, Milan, Selm in Germany and Millbrook, England, are the company’s latest milestones on its accelerated journey to bring zero-tailpipe emission trucks to market at an industry-leading pace.
With over 1,500 test drives from organisations and international media, the feedback from the evaluation activities will be integrated into the future product roadmap. The next-generation Production Verification prototype vehicles are now driving off the production line at the company’s contract manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria.
Volta recently announced a partnership with Siemens Smart Infrastructure to deliver comprehensive emobility charging infrastructure and software to Volta Trucks customers. This collaboration will help to simplify, de-risk and accelerate their transition to commercial fleet electrification.
The company also announced it would be working with Cake, the Swedish maker of premium lightweight, electric motorcycles. This partnership is aimed at decarbonising and decongesting last-mile deliveries while also improving service to end customers.
The first trial will be with the H&M Group, a fashion and design family of brands and businesses. This is planned to start in the first quarter of 2023 in Paris. The fully integrated, zero tailpipe emission delivery service from warehouse to end customer will use the most efficient combination of electric trucks and electric two-wheelers.