Volta Trucks enters final pre-production prototyping phase

Electric truck startup Volta Trucks is entering the final stages of development of its Volta Zero delivery vehicles. It is building 25 Design Verification (DV) vehicles at its Coventry, UK production facility.

These vehicles will be put to the test by Volta Trucks’ engineers who will replicate a range of customer usage and delivery cycles. They will also test the vehicles in temperature extremes in both the Arctic and equatorial countries, as well as crash testing to validate the safety, durability, and reliability of the trucks.

Once the DV stage is complete, the final pre-sales phase will be Production Verification (PV). A number of vehicles will be built at Volta Trucks’ Steyr, Austria facility in the middle of 2022. These production specification vehicles will be lent to customers for extended periods who will live-test the trucks over millions of kilometres under the watch of Volta’s engineers.

Ian Collins, Chief Product Officer of Volta Trucks, said; “In August, the first Volta Zero rolling chassis started testing, and we’ve already extracted huge amounts of data from that vehicle. We have integrated that feedback into the Design Verification prototypes that start production today. We now move into a rapid test – learn – iterate – develop phase. This is going to be far more condensed and intensive than a normal vehicle testing programme, given our ambitious timeline to start series production in a year’s time, that is driven by customers’ needs for zero-emission trucks. This will take us to some of the hottest, coldest and most extreme conditions in the world, all to ensure that the production specification vehicles that roll off the production line by the end of 2022 deliver the highest possible quality standards and exceed our customers’ expectations.”