Volta Trucks' electric Volta Zero

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Volta Trucks has unveiled the Volta Zero, a zero-emissions electric cargo delivery vehicle built for use in the city.

According to Volta Trucks’ founder Carl-Magnus Norden in a statement, the current widely used large commercial delivery trucks are dangerous: in London, 23% and 58% of pedestrian and cyclist deaths, respectively, are related to “large good vehicles” despite its low usage compared to other vehicles, such as daily drivers and public transport.

Now, the company is hoping to make a change in the commercial cargo delivery segment by making the vehicles safer, which will be done in part by implementing a different layout in the cab and new systems that will increase the drivers’ awareness of their surroundings.

However, safety isn’t Volta Trucks’ only goal with the Volta Zero. The company is also taking a green approach to its new release by electrifying the fleets and using sustainable building materials, specifically flax and rapeseed oil-sourced resin, on the exterior body panels.

According to the Sweden-based company, this use of flax and resin on the body will be an industry first when the Volta Zero hits the production line in 2022.

“To me, it’s so obvious that this is the right thing to do,” Volta Trucks founder Carl-Magnus Norden told Business Insider in an interview in February. “The industry is acting very slowly. Everybody is talking about 2030, 2040, but nobody feels the urge to do anything today.”

The new vehicle will also be a world’s first in its own right. According to Volta Trucks, the Volta Zero will be the first fully electric 17.64-ton commercial vehicle built with the intention of delivering cargo and freight within an urban environment.

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The company has a goal of improving air quality in urban areas and preventing around 198,416 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere by 2025 by using these sustainability made, zero emissions vehicles, according to Volta Truck’s CEO Rob Fowler in a statement.

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The Volta Zero has 90% less moving components than a traditional vehicle and costs the same as a diesel-powered four-wheeler with the same work purpose, according to its maker.

The 17.65-ton vehicle measures at about 31.04 feet long, 11.38 feet tall, and 8.37 feet wide. These dimensions allow the Volta Zero to carry up to about 18,959.8 pounds in the 1,331.33-cubic foot cargo area, all while traveling up to 56 miles-per-hour.

The vehicle has a range between 95 to 125 miles. According to Volta Trucks, the range and load capacity allow one Volta Zero to do the same work as up to four 3.86-ton vehicles.

The vehicle’s “glasshouse-style” cab provides 220-degrees of visibility, reducing the potential for accidents when used in conjunction with the blind spot warning program, and rearview and 360-degree birds-eye view cameras.

Unlike traditional cargo delivery trucks, the driver’s seat in the Volta Zero sits at around the same height as other drivers and pedestrians. This seat, which can swivel, is also placed …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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