Volta Trucks, the full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer, is expanding its UK-based Research and Development capabilities.
The firm’s R&D team, mainly based near Reading, is working on its Volta Zero 16-tonne commercial vehicle, as well as the forthcoming 7.5, 12 and 19-tonne variants.
Headcount now stands at more than 150 employees including engineers, and industrial and commercial experts.
The ambition is to have more than 280 employees by the end of 2021, and about 70 positions are currently being advertised.
Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for inner-city logistics, with an operating pure-electric range of 95 to 125 miles.
The Volta team is currently testing the first prototype vehicles in the UK, and setting up a manufacturing plant in Steyr, Austria.
Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, Essa Al-Saleh, said, “As a nimble and agile start-up organisation, in 2020 and 2021, we designed and developed the Volta Zero demonstrator vehicle, introduced it to the marketplace, took it on a six-centre European roadshow, and took thousands of pre-orders for trucks, all with a small team working remotely through the pandemic.
“We now have a UK home for our engineers, close to where our pilot fleet vehicles will soon operate with customers in London.
“The UK also has a long history of engineering excellence, and this has already proven to be a great source of talent for us, but we now need to accelerate the growth of the company.
“With our innovative product and ground-breaking approach to customers and vehicle ownership, we are looking for the brightest, forward-thinking and entrepreneurial experts to join the Volta Trucks team and help us on our journey towards a safer and more sustainable future for commercial vehicles.”