In addition to the current 16-tonne truck, Volta Trucks will have in its portfolio also some smaller variants of the Volta Zero, as anticipated by Business Development Manager Anthony Buron in this interview with Sustainable Truck&Van. Now, the Swedish manufacturer has officially confirmed that the 7.5- and 12-tonne trucks have entered the engineering phase of development. Indeed, the layout will be quite similar compared to the existing model, as well as the design, curated by Astheimer Design in Warwick, UK (here’s the news of the recently received award).
According to the company’s strategy, the 7.5- and 12-tonne vehicles will fulfil a different use case to the existing 16-tonne Volta Zero, with the 7.5-tonne vehicle, as an example, able to operate on Sundays in a number of European territories where larger vehicles are currently excluded. Talking about time-to-market, a pilot fleet of vehicles is expected to be launched for customer trials in 2023, with series production due to commence during 2024.
Volta Zero smaller variants: the roadmap
Volta Trucks’ roadmap is based on the idea that its full-electric trucks, already launched in the initial markets of Paris and London, will be followed soon afterwards in Milan, Madrid, the Rhine Ruhr region of Germany, and Randstad, Netherlands. The forthcoming 7.5- and 12-tonne vehicles will also help production to accelerate from 14,000 units in 2024 to over 27,000 by 2025 and increasing in the years beyond.
Ian Collins, Chief Product Officer of Volta Trucks, commented: «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. 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. Our creative partners at Astheimer have created an inspiring vehicle design that we’ve now started to engineer and bring to life. We’ve scaled up our Research and Development operations to ensure that we can deliver a portfolio of products to market, starting next year with the 16-tonne Volta Zero».