Electric commercial vehicle firm Volta Trucks has received European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for its 16-tonne all-electric Volta Zero vehicle.
The certification means the firm can produce and sell the all-electric Volta Zero in volume and comes as the second-generation Production Verification prototypes are to be delivered to customers across Europe as part of a pilot fleet. These vehicles will be loaned to customers for extended periods of time, allowing fleet operators to understand how the truck could integrate into their operations.
To achieve the required accreditation, Volta Trucks worked with experts across Europe who oversee approval for international UNECE and European regulations. These approval bodies oversaw the testing and reports to secure the certification as the vehicle underwent multiple systems and individual component testing on areas such as braking, steering, lighting and glazing – along with safety systems.
Volta Zero production is due to start this spring at the company’s contract manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria with the plant ready to meet the customer demand for the purpose-built, all-electric medium duty urban delivery truck.
Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, said: “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. 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.
“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.”
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