Volta trucks, who designed the Volta Zero EV truck, just agreed to have Steyr Automotive (based in Austria) to build their truck.
The agreement between Volta Trucks and Steyr Tractors indicates that production will begin by the end of 2022. Weighing in at eight tons dry, the Volta Zero is a 16-ton delivery truck that’s all-electric with an empty or dry driving range of 150 to 200 kilometers (up to 125 miles). That range depends on the battery you choose and the load the truck is carrying. Other than being all-electric, the truck uses many innovative upgrades. That includes things like a center driver’s seat and a fossil-fuel-free refrigeration option.
The range may be low by some standards. Volta says a majority of consumers will opt for a short-range city vehicle. That’s the whole purpose of the truck.
Volta Zero trucks will be manufactured in Steyr, Austria, by Steyr Automotive – which used to be MAN Truck and Bus Austria. As production ramps up in Europe, Volta Trucks is interested in expanding in Asia and the United States.
“The partnership with Steyr Automotive marks a significant milestone for Volta Trucks. It’s one of the important milestones ahead of us starting to build full electric trucks by the end of 2022. The team at Steyr Automotive has the demonstrable capability to manufacture the Volta Zero with decades of previous premium truck-building experience. Building our trucks in Austria, in the heart of our European launch region, will accelerate our time to market. and (it will) minimize the environmental footprint of our operations, supporting our sustainability ambitions – a key factor in our decision-making process. The partnership will now allow Volta Trucks to quickly ramp up our production. we look to meet the demands of our customers who need to replace their fleets with zero-emission vehicles as soon as possible.”
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Volta Trucks, Kjell Waloen.
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According to Volta Trucks: the contract will create up to 500 jobs in the region. In addition, it will create an estimated 2,000 positions within the supply chain. Volta Trucks is aiming at 27,000 trucks built per year by 2025. For more information, head to Voltatrucks.com