Volta Trucks to introduce three new electric vehicles
Electric vehicle maker Volta Trucks has announced plans for the introduction of four fully electric vehicles from 7.5 to 19 tonnes by 2025.
The company says that it plans to sell in excess of 27,000 units per year by 2025. It will adopt what it describes as a Europe-first city-specific strategy, with launch markets expanded from London and Paris to include wider European cities, followed by North American and Asian markets.
Volta Trucks says that it is aiming to locate production facilities close to core markets, with several global manufacturing locations under consideration.
The company has already introduced the Volta Zero - the first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed for inner-city last mile deliveries – and plans to expand its product portfolio with three additional variants within the medium- to lower end of the heavy-duty class.
Pilot fleet trucks of the 16-tonne vehicle will be built by the end of 2021, with series production expected to commence 12 months later. The 19- and 12-tonne variants are expected to follow in 2023 with pilot fleet 7.5-tonne vehicles emerging in the same year, with production set for 2024.
All trucks, the company says, will feature a low-seat central driving position and greenhouse-style cab with 220-degrees of visibility. All variants will be payload optimised, enabling fleet managers to use a reduced number of Volta Trucks and take several smaller vans off the road – helping to ease inner-city congestion.
Essa Al-Saleh, Volta Trucks chief executive officer, said, “When we launched the Volta Zero, we’d expected to be selling 5,000 vehicles a year with a single model by 2025. Given our pace of development, driven by customer demand, we clearly see the opportunity to expand the Volta Zero into a portfolio of vehicles to offer customers a wider selection of full-electric vehicle sizes, and to accelerate the change to zero emissions.”
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