Due to go on sale in 2025, the 7.5- and 12-tonne vehicles look almost identical to each other at the front, however, the 12-tonne vehicle has a longer chassis and body as well as a second rear axle to allow for the increased payload.
Designed by Volta Trucks’ partner, Astheimer Design in Warwick, the new electric vehicles bear a close resemblance to the larger 16-tonne truck.
All three Volta Zero models give the driver a wide 220-degree view from the driving seat thanks to its largely glass cab which has been designed to acheive a Transport for London five-star Direct Vision Standard rating.
The truck’s central driving position enables the driver to enter and exit the vehicle on either side through sliding rather than swinging doors.
Essa Al-Saleh, Volta Trucks CEO, said; “The forthcoming 7.5- and 12-tonne models complete the full-electric Volta Zero product family. They’ll sit alongside our 16-tonne vehicle, that’s currently engaged in extensive testing ahead of the first customer use later this year, and the 18-tonne vehicle that will start production in mid-2023. 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. Our engineering teams are now scaling rapidly to be able to deliver all four vehicles at pace, as our customers ask of us.”
A pilot fleet of 7.5- and 12-tonne vehicles is expected to be launched for customer trials in 2024, with series production due to commence in early 2025. Volta hopes to sell more than 27,000 units of its four planned models by 2025.