Commercial Startup Volta Trucks Reveals Prototype Chassis

The prototype chassis for the Volta Zero allows the EV to drive at normal road speeds and is in many ways superior to others we’ve seen.

  • The Volta Zero is an all-electric commercial vehicle designed for inner city logistics.
  • A new prototype chassis is expected to enter series production in December 2022.

Volta Trucks has revealed a prototype chassis for an all-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle fit for inner-city logistics. The chassis will be used in the upcoming Volta Zero, an EV with commercial appeal.

The prototype chassis coincides with a high-voltage battery by Proterra and the E-Axle – the integrated rear axle, electric motor and transmission unit from Meritor.

When released, the Volta Zero will be Europe’s first commercial vehicle fitted with an innovative eAxle, made to increase efficiency/range.

Essa Al-Saleh, chief executive, Volta Trucks, said: “The reveal of our first running prototype Volta Zero chassis is a major milestone on our journey to producing the first customer-specification vehicles in around 18 months time.

“The prototype will provide our designers and engineers with feedback and real-world data on the vehicle performance. The learning from the prototype will also feed into the Pilot Fleet vehicles that will support our customer’s understanding of the electrification of their fleets. But this is also a great example of the nimble and agile culture and approach we have at Volta Trucks.

According to Volta, with this prototype, its vehicles will be able to drive at normal road speeds via a “proposed production specification frame and drivetrain.”

While the new chassis is expected to start a comprehensive testing programme soon, these vehicles won’t hit the streets fully until the end of 2022.

Volta is a key player in the world of commercial electric vehicles. Expect to hear more from them soon, perhaps within the next few days, as they plan to debut the Volta Zero at the ITT Hub conference later this week.

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