Volta Trucks reached and agreement with UK-based company Paneltex, with the latter to supply the cargo boxes for the Volta Zero electric truck. The agreement is for the 16- and 18-tonne Volta Zero variants and was announced at the CV Show in Birmingham, UK. Paneltex boasts thirty years of engineering expertise and a comprehensive portfolio of manufacturing techniques and top-quality products to the venture, producing thousands of vehicle bodies, vehicle body kits, and portable cold stores a year out of six specialised factories across the UK.
The Volta Zero electric truck from Volta Trucks has recently concluded winter tests. Series production is expected to start between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. The company plans to have around 5,000 trucks on the road by the end of 2023. Volta Trucks has also recently opened its very first European hub in Paris and announced ambitious plans to approach the U.S. market.
Statements from Volta Trucks and Paneltex
«Since Paneltex’s founding, we have been at the forefront of all environmentally oriented innovations in our field. We’re delighted to work with Volta Trucks to produce a zero-emission vehicle that is better for everyone, while still maintaining the commitment to payload, durability and excellence that the Paneltex name is known for. We are pleased to be working on such an exciting project and are looking forward to our collaboration with Volta Trucks», commented Chris Berridge, Managing Director of Paneltex.
«The innovative and disruptive Volta Trucks model of supplying a complete vehicle rather than a chassis cab means that we need to work with the world’s best suppliers of cargo boxes, and in significant volumes, given our sales aspirations. Announcing our partnership with Paneltex for the supply of cargo boxes is the latest in a long line of agreements with world-class industry-expert suppliers that will support us in our mission to get the full-electric Volta Zero to market as quickly as possible and start dealing with the societal issues of climate change, air quality and safety that the vehicle is designed to address», added Ian Collins, Chief Product Officer of Volta Trucks.