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Volta Trucks Launches Smaller Truck Models for Urban Markets

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Volta Trucks Launches Smaller Truck Models

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On Tuesday, commercial electric vehicle (EV) startup Volta Trucks launched two smaller zero-emission truck models that will start production in 2025. It is seen to open more options for urban deliveries and EU markets with restrictions for Sunday operations.

The Stockholm-based Volta Trucks said it would launch a fleet of test vehicles of its 7.5-tonne and 12-tonne trucks for customers in 2024.

The new models will join the 16-tonne fully-electric truck Volta Zero, set for series production this year, and an 18-tonne model to be produced in 2023.

Volta Trucks said in February that it had raised 230 million euros ($247 million) to fund the launch of the series production of the Volta Zero in late 2022. 

Some European Union countries have bans on trucks over 7.5 tonnes operating on Sundays or holidays. Moreover, cities such as Amsterdam do not allow trucks over that weight to protect old streets and bridges.

While some European cities like Paris also plan restrictions on commercial diesel vehicles and several manufacturers are working on prototypes, there are virtually no electric trucks in these weight segments available today. Volta Trucks will be among the first in the market.

“Our customers tell us that they really appreciate the safety and zero-emission attributes of the 16-tonne Volta Zero, but also need smaller 7.5- and 12-tonne vehicles in their operations,” Volta Trucks’ Chief Executive Essa Al-Saleh said in a statement.

Including 1,500 orders by Deutsche Bahn’s logistics unit Schenker, the startup currently has orders for around 6,000 electric trucks.

Volta Trucks plans to make 5,000 trucks in 2023, and its annual production is expected to rise to 27,000 by 2025.

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