This follows a successful commercial period of customer acquisition for the company. It announced $20 million in new investment following a January funding round.
In particular, launch customer is London-based Drinks Cubed, said to have signed a multi-million-pound deal for the supply of a fleet of Volta Zero vehicles into its distribution operations between 2022 and 2023.
The first Volta Zero vehicles, full-electric 16t GVW rigids, are expected to be operating with customers in late 2021, following prototype launch in September 2020. Travel range is estimated at between 95-125mi (150-200km).
Volta Trucks is a start-up full-electric goods vehicle manufacturer and services company with offices in Sweden, France and the UK.
The operator of a Volta Zero sits in a central driving position, with a much lower seat height than a conventional truck. This combination, plus a glass house-style cab design, gives the driver a wide 220-degrees of visibility, minimising dangerous blind spots.
The UK’s Prodrive Advanced Technology worked with Volta Trucks and partners Astheimer and Magtec, to integrate all the high voltage electrical, electronic and mechanical systems and assemble the finished vehicle at its headquarters in Banbury, UK. The project was completed from a clean sheet to a fully-running demonstrator vehicle in just 10 months.
The Volta Zero uses an innovative e-axle for enhanced efficiency and range, and is said to be the first European commercial vehicle operator to do so. Top speed is limited to 56 mph.
It is Volta Trucks’ intention to manufacture the production vehicles in the UK.