Thursday, April 8, 2021

All Electric HGV Maker Looks at Sites to Handle Full Production

Truck Prototype Engenders Interest
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EUROPE – Having toured the continent with its prototype demonstration vehicle Volta Trucks, which has realised the concept of producing a true HGV powered exclusively by electricity, now the company is studying seriously where to turn out the finished article for sale.

Volta had the initial truck built in Banbury in the UK and then toured in France, showing the 16 tonne ‘Zero’ model to over 300 potential customers before this month taking it to Spain for more to peruse and try out.

Now the company has confirmed that it is investigating the manufacture of the Volta Zero in Spain, having formally expressed an interest in the Decarbonisation Hub project within the former Nissan manufacturing facilities in Barcelona. Barcelona is one of several manufacturing options currently being investigated, alongside other potential sites in the UK and Europe.

The announcement comes as the Volta Zero arrives in Spain to continue its European tour of customer events, and the launch of the new Spanish website, www.voltatrucks.com/es. The Volta Zero will be displayed at the MercaMadrid between Monday 12 April and Thursday 22 April. The vehicle will then be transferred to the MercaBarna and Eixample District of Barcelona and be displayed between Monday 26 April and Thursday 6 May 2021. Volta Trucks’ Chief Technology Officer, Kjell Waloen, said:

“We have been investigating and evaluating a number of European manufacturing partners and facilities for many months, and are narrowing down the field to a small group of finalists. Assembling the Volta Zero in Spain could be of interest, to serve southern European cities for whom decarbonisation of commercial vehicles is becoming an ever-stronger priority. We will conclude our investigations shortly but having an option to manufacture the Volta Zero in Barcelona could be interesting for us.”

Nobody is claiming the Volta as a long distance vehicle, rather one which can complete a normal urban cycle without running out of power, the big fear with all electric vehicles of any size. However the truck is likely to have real appeal to those companies which have reasonably well fixed city routes as a long term low cost alternative to diesel, a fuel which is frowned upon by regulators, particularly in crowded places.