Volta Trucks has selected US-based firm Proterra as the battery supplier for its new Zero full-electric 16-tonner, designed for inner city distribution work.
Customers will begin trialling the Zero later in 2021, with tens of thousands of trucks expected on the roads soon after series production starts about 12 months later.
The battery technology has been used by commercial vehicle manufacturers to electrify delivery vans, school buses, coaches, low-floor shuttles and construction equipment but this is its entry into the European truck market.
The Zero has a real-world range of 200kms (125 miles) on a single charge and the Proterra battery is located between the chassis rails, considered the safest possible location for the design.
It features passive and active safety features, liquid thermal conditioning, and is designed to deliver more than 4,000 recharge cycles over 10 years, without significant degradation.
Jack Allen, Proterra chief executive officer, said, “Embracing clean, quiet transportation for all not only benefits how we move people around cities and towns, but also how we provide goods and services to the communities we live in.
“Proterra is excited to work with Volta Trucks as we accelerate the transition to 100% clean transportation and deliver Proterra Powered clean energy vehicles to communities across Europe.”
Rob Fowler, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Proterra – a world-class innovative engineering partner – to the supply chain for the Volta Zero. When talking to our extensive group of customers, vehicle range is uppermost in their minds as it sits at the heart of the vehicle’s ability to deliver for them.
“It was therefore imperative that we work with an industry-leader to ensure the quality, longevity, and safe performance of the battery. Proterra’s cutting-edge but well-proven battery technology perfectly delivers all of this for us and our customers.”