First full-electric Volta Zero drives off the production line in Austria

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 21, 2022

The first full-electric Volta Zero vehicle has been completed at Volta Trucks’ contract manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria.

The first of a series of second-generation ‘Production Verification’ prototypes, will form part of a Pilot Fleet of trucks.

The trucks will be loaned to customers for extended periods in late 2022 and early 2023 to allow fleet operators to understand how the first purpose-built full-electric medium-duty commercial vehicle will integrate into their operations.

The start of series production of customer specification vehicles is on track to start in early 2023.

Volta Trucks’ contract manufacturing facility is run by Steyr Automotive, formerly MAN Truck and Bus Austria. Steyr Automotive was appointed in August 2021.

Steyr Automotive has reserved a capacity of 14,000 vehicles per year for Volta Trucks from their total available production. The manufacturing contract has a value of up to €1 billion over its lifetime.

“This first vehicle rolling off the line at our manufacturing plant in Steyr is the latest significant milestone on the Volta Trucks journey towards the start of production of customers’ vehicles,” said Volta Trucks co-founder and chief manufacturing and logistics officer Kjell Walöen.

“To have achieved this significant landmark in just 12 months is a testament to the pace that we are working at to deliver the safest and most sustainable trucks to urban streets, and the excellent collaboration we have with our partners at Steyr Automotive. Their team has used generations of premium truck-building experience to deliver the first Volta Zero off the production line on time, and to the highest quality standards.”