Volta Trucks has revealed the final production-ready design of the Volta Zero – the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle that has been specifically created for inner-city logistics.
The leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider has delivered a final design that bears a close visual relationship to the original demonstrator vehicle, with its modern and innovative appearance and packaging.
The unveiling of the Volta Zero’s final design, created by partner, Astheimer Design in Warwick, confirms that the revolutionary cab and premium working environment for drivers, with its low, central seating position to improve visibility and safety, will be maintained through to production.
These same design principles will also be maintained into the forthcoming 7.5t, 12t and 18t variants – the latter now being repositioned from its previous 19t gross weight.
Truck’s body panels have been redesigned
Whilst bearing a close relationship to the original demonstrator, all of the truck’s body panels have been redesigned and updated for the final design.
The most notable, but still minor, visual changes include the removal of the horizontal frontal light bar, and the replacement of the diagonal interface between the cab and the cargo box with a vertical line, to improve vehicle construction efficiency.
Internally, only the colour and material palette have changed, with the blond leather of the demonstrator being replaced with a more practical charcoal colour, and the teak wood flooring superseded by a more hard-wearing rubber matting.
Production of the first 25 Design Verification prototype vehicles is due to start shortly.
These prototypes trucks will then embark on a comprehensive and rigorous testing regime, starting in early 2022.
Due to start manufacturing by the end of 2022
This will initially be undertaken by Volta Trucks’ engineers and followed by customers, to ensure that the first production-specification vehicles, due to start manufacturing by the end of next year, deliver the highest possible quality levels.
Ian Collins, the chief product officer of Volta Trucks, said: “When the Volta Zero was revealed in September 2020, there were some who thought that its revolutionary, world-first design and packaging was just for show, and could never be built for production.
“We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but our constant motivation was the opportunity that a completely reimagined truck had to improve both the safety of drivers and those vulnerable road users around large trucks operating in city centres.”
‘A modern, progressive and elegant design’
He added: “Working in close collaboration with Astheimer’s design team and our engineers, we have delivered a modern, progressive and elegant design – exactly as an electric vehicle conceived from the ground-up should be.
“The production-ready Volta Zero delivers a paradigm shift in commercial vehicle safety and sustainability, and I look forward to seeing the vehicles on the road early next year as our rigorous testing programme starts.”