Volta Trucks is accelerating its ambitious ‘Road-to-Zero Emissions’ strategy by launching four fully-electric commercial vehicles between 7.5t and 19t, opening multiple manufacturing facilities, and targeting over 27,000 vehicle sales per year across expanded markets.
Building upon the success of the Volta Zero, Volta plans to expand its product portfolio with three additional variants within the Medium- to lower end of the Heavy-Duty class.
With Volta Zero models available in the 7.5-tonne, 12-tonne, 16-tonne and 19-tonne weight categories, the company will offer a range of fully-electric commercial vehicles that “have been reimagined and redesigned” thanks to their compact electric powertrains.
The 16-tonne Volta Zero will be the first vehicle delivered, with pilot fleet trucks built by the end of 2021, and series production starting around 12 months afterwards. This vehicle is currently in the engineering development phase, with early prototype testing due to start shortly.
Production of the 16-tonne vehicle will be closely followed by the largest 19-tonne and mid-size 12-tonne variants in 2023. A pilot fleet of the smaller 7.5-tonne vehicles is expected to be launched for customer trials in the same year, with production commencing in late 2024. These later vehicles are currently in the early design development phase.
All trucks will adopt the low-seat central driving position with a glasshouse-style cab. This offers 220-degrees of visibility to maximise visual communication between the driver and vulnerable road users around the vehicle.
Also, like the 16-tonne vehicle, all variants will be designed with optimised payloads, thus offering fleet managers the opportunity of using a reduced number of larger Volta Zero vehicles, and removing several smaller vans from their operations, thereby also having a positive effect on inner-city traffic congestion.
The commercial vehicle manufacturer expects sales volumes to accelerate past 27,000 per year from 2025, with a Europe-first city-specific strategy, followed by North America and Asia.
The Volta Zero was initially launched in the UK and France and is currently in Spain for a tailored roadshow with customers. Afterwards, it will be presented in Germany and North America over the summer, with other European markets including Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium to be confirmed by year end.
Volta Trucks expects to introduce the Volta Zero in all its four weight variants across all its core markets.
The company states it will adopt a network manufacturing strategy with a number of assembly facilities distributed across its key markets. The company recently expressed an interest in manufacturing vehicles at the Decarbonisation Hub project in the former Nissan manufacturing facilities in Barcelona. Any vehicles manufactured in Spain could potentially serve southern European markets but would not be the first vehicles built.
Volta says it is considering a number of additional manufacturing locations across Europe, North America and Asia, to have the capacity to meet the significant volume ramp up envisaged within the plan.
Volta Trucks CEO, Essa Al-Saleh says: “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.
“This leads us to far more ambitious sales expectations, with more than five times the number of vehicles now expected to be built compared to our original proposal. That’ll see over 27,000 vehicles sold per year by 2025, and further volume growth afterwards.
“To achieve these ambitious goals and timelines, we will work in a very nimble and agile way to ensure our speed to market. We will also need a network of world-class manufacturing facilities.
“I’m pleased that recently, we expressed an interest to build Volta Zeros in Barcelona and are also investigating several other facilities in Europe, Asia and North America to ensure we can keep up with demand.”