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Volta's 'Volta Minus One' prototype being tested
the development driver from the elements when the vehicle is moving at speed. The production vehicle will feature a cargo box design, but the prototype uses a flatbed to allow engineers to add different levels and locations of loads to test its weightcarrying capacity.
The prototype Volta Zero will continue testing at HORIBA MIRA over the coming months. The forthcoming test and development programme with this and later-specification prototypes also includes periods of cold weather testing north of the Arctic Circle, and hot weather testing in southern Europe. The comprehensive programme will ensure that the production-specification Volta
Zero vehicles deliver the durability
and reliability expected by fleet operators and vehicle owners.
These learnings will be taken into the production of pilot fleet vehicles that will be tested and evaluated by key customers who have signed up for testing and the option to purchase series production trucks. This is designed to develop
their understanding of how the Volta Zero will integrate into their operations. Full-scale production of customer- specification vehicles will then follow
at the end of 2022.
“The start of testing and evaluation
of the first prototype Volta Zero is a major milestone on our journey towards production, and an exciting time for
all of the Volta Trucks team and our customers,” said chief product officer
of Volta Trucks, Ian Collins. “To have
achieved this landmark moment in just eight months is a great example of the nimble and agile approach we have at Volta Trucks. We work at high pace to ensure that we can bring zero emission, full-electric commercial vehicles to market quickly, because our customers require vehicles as soon as possible. We need to go through a comprehensive and thorough development programme, but the start of prototype testing is evidence that we are on track to deliver production vehicles, on time, by the end of next year.”
How the Volta Zero will look on the road
“To have achieved this landmark moment in just eight months is a great example of the nimble and agile approach we have at Volta Trucks”
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