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The Volta Zero is currently on a tour across Europe | Photo source Volta Trucks

The world’s first 16-tonne electric truck

Mobility & Transport

The electric vehicle startup plans to release four different sizes models over the next three years and contribute to a future of zero emission cities

Spotted: London-based electric vehicle startup Volta Trucks has developed a 16-ton electric truck slated to enter production in 2022. The truck is designed to function as a last-mile delivery vehicle in urban or suburban areas. 

As a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Innovators Communitythe startup aims to contribute to the future vision of zero emission cities. 

Named the Volta Zero, the truck is currently on a tour across Europe. Volta Zero has a range of 90 to 125 miles (150-200 km) with a battery capacity of 225 kWh and a maximum speed of 90 km/h (56 mph). Volta Zero is also a bit larger than other electric trucks, with a length of 31 feet and a width of 8.3 feet. The height is 11.3 feet. 

The design itself was also made to be highly eco-friendly, with the body of the truck made from carbon-neutral flax fibre and batteries composed of lithium iron phosphates. Unlike other diesel-engine trucks, the truck relies on the 360-degree cameras instead of mirrors and central seating area for the driver. 

“I’m delighted at the customer reception that the Volta Zero has received across Europe. Its zero-emission full-electric powertrain supports customer’s decarbonization and sustainability ambitions, and our ground-up approach to design without the legacy constraints of the internal combustion engine helps us deliver a safer and more comfortable working environment for drivers,” said Carla Detrieux, business development director of Volta Trucks according to Motodynasty. 

According to independent research carried out by Volta revealed in Autoweek, the market for fully-electric trucks that are between 7.5 to 19 (metric) tons will surpass $100 billion (€84.18) by the end of 2025. The start-up is also planning to  launch three different versions of the Zero with 7.5-, 12-, and 19-ton weight categories, for fleet operators and small businesses.  

One thousand orders of the truck have already been made from Petit Forestier, Europe’s largest refrigerated commercial rental fleet, according to AutoWeek. Volta aims to launch a pilot series production by the end of 2021 and start production towards the end of 2022. The other two versions are expected to roll out in 2023 and 2024.  

Written By: Katrina Lane

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