The first Volta Zero all-electric trucks look set to be manufactured in Austrian by Steyr Automotive – formerly MAN Truck and Bus Austria.
The announcement from Volta Trucks follows a competitive tendering process with suppliers from around Europe.
Volta says that Steyr Automotive has been appointed because of its extensive experience in building commercial vehicles.
Plus, they have the existing manufacturing infrastructure and will have the speed to market that Volta is looking for.
Volta says it is now looking to start series production late next year, once the current trials of pilot fleet vehicles finish in the middle of 2022.
Steyr Automotive provides Volta Trucks with manufacturing experience
The announcement to partner with Steyr Automotive provides Volta Trucks with more than 100 years of manufacturing experience building large commercial vehicles.
Over time, the contract will create up to 500 jobs, along with an estimated 2,000 jobs within the supply chain.
The confirmation of the manufacturing partner forms an integral part of the Volta Trucks Road-to-Zero Emissions strategy that will see Volta Zero models ranging from 7.5 to 19 tonnes having more than 27,000 units being built per year by 2025.
The strategy also confirms that Volta Trucks plans to manufacture vehicles close to the markets in which they will be sold, reducing the environmental footprint of vehicle distribution.
With London and Paris identified as the initial launch cities and a Europe-first city-specific rollout strategy, the plant in Austria is perfectly situated close to the initial markets, supporting the accelerated roll-out of full-electric commercial vehicles to customers.
The strategy also confirms the company’s planned market expansion across Europe, followed by North American and Asian markets. Other global manufacturing plants are also already under consideration.
‘Significant milestone for Volta Trucks’
Co-founder of Volta Trucks, Kjell Waloen, said: “The partnership with Steyr Automotive marks a significant milestone for Volta Trucks, and one of the important milestones ahead of us starting to build full electric trucks by the end of 2022.
“The team at Steyr Automotive has demonstrable capability to manufacture the Volta Zero with decades of previous premium truck-building experience.”
He added: “Building our trucks in Austria, in the heart of our European launch region, will accelerate our time to market and minimise the environmental footprint of our operations, supporting our sustainability ambitions – a key factor in our decision-making process.
“The partnership will now allow Volta Trucks to quickly ramp up our production as we look to meet the demands of our customers who need to replace their fleets with zero-emission vehicles as soon as possible.”
Siegfried Wolf, Steyr Automotive’s chairman of the board, said: “We are very pleased and excited that Volta Trucks selected Steyr Automotive for the manufacturing of the new electric Volta Zero. With the expertise and experience of our team in Steyr, we are looking forward to a long-lasting successful partnership with Volta Trucks.”