LONDON—Volta Trucks plans to produce Class 5-7 commercial vehicles in the United States. The medium-duty EV trucks are designed for urban delivery applications.
The Class 7 Volta Zero features a center-mounted steering wheel and seat that enables drivers to enter and exit the vehicle from either side. It uses a modular battery pack supplied by Proterra that provides a range of 95 to 125 miles. A compact e-axle supplied by Meritor Inc. features an electric traction motor, transmission and axle in one unit.
Volta plans to start assembling vehicles in the U.S. by 2025. However, the first vehicles delivered to customers will be built at in Austria by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr.
“With more than 6,000 vehicle pre-orders in hand, from some of Europe’s largest fleet operators, it is time to expand our geographic horizons and look toward the significant market opportunity in North America,” says Carl-Magnus Norden, founder of Volta Trucks. “I believe our [vehicles] will be perfectly suited to U.S. customers’ needs.”