Prototype electrically-powered HGVs begin production in UK

The first production-specification prototype trucks from an electric vehicle start-up have now begun construction in the UK. Volta Trucks is an electric vehicle manufacturer founded four years ago. The firm is based in Stockholm, Sweden, but has a production facility in Coventry.

It’s here that the first road-going “Design Verification” (DV) models of the Volta Zero have entered production. In October, Volta Trucks announced that it was expanding its UK-based research and development team, which is now primarily based in offices near Reading. Just 25 of the DV vehicles will be made and once all are completed in January, they will be used as part of a rigorous testing programme.

The vehicles will test in extreme weather from the Arctic to the equator as well as undergoing crash testing to validate their safety, durability and reliability. The results of this testing will directly feed into the production verification prototypes that will be built in mid-2022. Ian Collins, chief product officer of Volta Trucks, said: “This is going to be far more condensed and intensive than a normal vehicle testing programme, given our ambitious timeline to start series production in a year’s time, that is driven by customers’ needs for zero-emission trucks.

One of the company’s vehicles on the road

“This will take us to some of the hottest, coldest and most extreme conditions in the world, all to ensure that the production specification vehicles that roll off the production line by the end of 2022 deliver the highest possible quality standards and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Volta’s key product is the Zero truck.

It has been built to be an electric vehicle from the ground up, and the firm claims it is the first fully electric 16-tonne HGV focused on inner-city logistics.

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