Volta Zero gets European type approval and is ready for production

The 16-ton electric Volta Zero from Swedish start-up Volta Trucks has received its European Whole Vehicle Type Approval, which means it can be sold in Europe and that it’s finalized for production. Series production of the Volta Zero is expected to begin soon, with an “early Q2 2023” deadline set by the company.

Volta Trucks first appeared on the scene in 2019 with the Volta Zero, a last-mile delivery truck in the 16-ton category with a peculiar design. Because it is built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, more liberties could be taken with the design.

The driver has a central seating position, which is placed very low in the vehicle and improves visibility, especially for pedestrians and cyclists, although it might take some getting used to for seasoned truck drivers; 360-degree cameras provide additional security.

For urban use

The Volta Zero has a net battery capacity of 150 to 225 kWh, offering a range of 150 to 200 km. The box truck has a load volume of 37,7 m³, with a payload of up to 7,65 tons for the standard range version.

The long-range variant loses 500 kg of payload capacity due to the heavier battery. Volta is also offering a refrigerated version of the Zero, which sacrifices a bit of payload to offer a temperature-controlled cargo area.

Supply chain issues

Volta Trucks first promised a production launch date in 2021 with vehicles arriving in customers’ hands by 2022, but that deadline has been moved forward by around 1,5 years, although it’s certainly not the only manufacturer struggling with supply chain issues and production delays these past few years.

As mentioned, the series production of the 16-ton Volta Zero will kick off in early Q2 2023 in Steyr, Austria. Volta says it already has over 300 customer orders for the Zero, while 7,5-ton, 12-ton, and 18-ton variants are to follow.

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