Volta commercial electric trucks made no design allowance for internal combustion

Sweden-based Volta Trucks on Tuesday unveiled the latest in a series of off-road electric utility trucks designed for internal combustion engines.

The new 7.5-ton and 12-ton (approximately 16,500-pound and 26,500-pound) Volta Zero models join a larger 16-ton (35,000-pound) version that is currently undergoing “extensive engineering development and testing” ahead of the customer ratings in 2022,” Volta said in a press release.

The 7.5 ton and 12 ton models will follow with a pilot fleet in 2024 and full production in 2025, according to Volta. As the name suggests, the 12 ton model has a heavier payload (in metric). It has a longer frame and body and a second set of rear wheels to accommodate that extra payload.

Volta Zero 7.5 Ton Electric Truck

Because Volta did not need to pack an internal combustion engine, it was able to place the driver much lower than in conventional trucks. The driver now sits at about the same height as pedestrians and normal car drivers, he claims.

The freedom of packing an electric vehicle also allowed for a 220-degree field of vision around the vehicle and a centered seating position, which means the driver can still exit onto a curb, Volta noted.

Volta aims to sell more than 27,000 vehicles per year by 2025. It also offers a “truck-as-a-service” model as an alternative to traditional ownership or leasing. For a single monthly fee, fleet operators have access to vehicles and charging infrastructure, with maintenance, insurance and driver training included.

Volta Zero 7.5 ton (front) and 16 ton electric trucks

Volta Zero 7.5 ton (front) and 16 ton electric trucks

Volta focuses on Europe but uses US suppliers for certain key components. In 2021, Volta has appointed Proterra as the battery supplier and Meritor as the electric axle unit supplier.

Volta isn’t the only company making futuristic new trucks for the electric age. Arrival also aims for an internal afterburner design aesthetic. The startup unveiled a delivery van for UPS in 2020 and announced plans for an electric bus factory in South Carolina later that year.

The Tesla Semi is also an electric-only design, but it’s a much bigger truck than what Volta and Arrival came up with. Walmart, which operates a massive fleet of tractor-trailers, unveiled the radical WAVE concept in 2014 to feature efficiency-focused design features but kept the internal combustion engine.

Kevin A. Perras