Volta Trucks announced it has received European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its all-electric, 16-tonne (17.6-U.S.-ton) Volta Zero truck, clearing the way for the manufacturer to begin building and selling the zero-emission truck.
“Receiving the European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval is a huge milestone for Volta Trucks, and our mission to make city centre streets safer and more sustainable for all,” says Volta Trucks CEO Essa Al-Saleh. “We’ve developed a completely new vehicle from the ground up, and it’s a testament to our Engineering and Developments teams that the Volta Zero has passed these stringent and demanding tests so quickly.”
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The ECWVTA is a process to certify that a vehicle meets stringent and relevant environmental, safety, and security standards. Volta Trucks worked with major approval bodies across Europe to secure certification. The 16-t Zero underwent multiple systems and individual component testing on areas such as braking, steering, lighting, and glazing, along with the vehicle safety systems, according to Volta.
“We are now all set for the start of Series Production at our manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria, to put trucks into the hands of our customers, and start the work of delivering on our mission,” says Al-Saleh.
Volta Delivers Prototypes
Volta customers will soon test out Volta’s second-generation Production Verification prototypes. These pilot fleet trucks are loaned to customers to help them gain a better understanding of the all-electric Volta Zero prior to integration in fleet operations. Volta expects to start series production in Q2 2023. The 16-t Volta Zero’s top speed will be 90 km/h (56 mph), and the onboard batteries offer a range of between 150 to 200 kilometres (93 to 124 miles). The company expects it to offer a rear axle capacity of 11 t (12 U.S. t) and a front axle rated at 5 t (5.5 U.S. t).
Source: Volta Trucks