Volta Trucks has officially chosen Proterra to supply batteries for its Volta Zero all-electric truck. With this battery, the Volta Zero will have a maximum range of 200 kilometres (124 miles) before needing a recharge. This helps make the upcoming electric vehicle a good fit for urban distribution.
The battery is customisable, which means Volta Trucks will be able to place it between the chassis rails for optimal safety, and it also comes with its own suite of safety features and meets the ISO 26262 standard. It can handle more than 4,000 recharges in a 10-year period “without significant degradation,” according to Volta.
More About Proterra
Proterra has been in business since 2004 and is headquartered in Burlingame, California, with manufacturing facilities in City of Industry, California, and Greenville, South Carolina. The company specialises in electric powertrain components for vans, trucks, and buses, as well as energy delivery, handling sourcing, storage, developing a charging infrastructure, and much more. The partnership with Volta Trucks represents Proterra’s first foray into Europe, although vehicles powered by its batteries have covered more than 27.4 million km (17 million miles).
“An Industry Leader”
“I’m delighted to welcome Proterra—a world-class innovative engineering partner—to the supply chain for the Volta Zero,” says Volta Trucks CEO Rob Fowler. “When talking to our extensive group of customers, vehicle range is uppermost in their minds as it sits at the heart of the vehicle’s ability to deliver for them. It was therefore imperative that we work with an industry leader to ensure the quality, longevity, and safe performance of the battery. Proterra’s cutting-edge but well-proven battery technology perfectly delivers all of this for us and our customers.”
The Volta Zero Up Close
The Volta Zero is a 16-tonne (17.6-U.S.-ton) commercial vehicle purpose-built for inner-city distribution. It has a range of between 150 and 200 km, and Volta Trucks says it could help reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 180,000 t (198,416 U.S. t) by 2025. Because it will work in urban areas, the Volta Zero is designed with safety in mind with a low, central driver seating position and a cab that offers 220 degrees of visibility. Volta Trucks plans to begin real-world customer trials in 2021, with full production expected to start roughly one year afterward.
Source: Volta Trucks