Smaller models revealed as Volta Trucks boosts range

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Volta Trucks has taken the wraps off smaller models of its electric Zero model.

The company has revealed 7.5- and 12-tonne variants, which join the 16-tonne truck in the Volta lineup.

The smaller models of the Zero have been designed by Volta Trucks’ partner, Astheimer Design. 

In addition, the company worked alongside Volta Trucks’ own engineering teams to get product through to completion. 

Importantly, the new full-electric vehicles bear a ‘close, but evolutionary, visual relationship’ to the 16-tonne vehicle, says Volta. 

Meanwhile, the larger truck continues undergoing extensive engineering development and testing. 

Furthermore, the customer evaluations of that vehicle are planned for later in 2022.

The 12-tonne Zero has a longer chassis and body. 

Also, the larger of the two new trucks also has a second set of rear wheels and tyres, to accommodate the extra payload. 

Elsewhere, other principles of the Zero have been carried over in the smaller models.

For example, the driver has a 220° view around the vehicle. 

As a result, a five-star Direct Vision Standard rating can be achieved. 

In addition, vulnerable road users are protected by rear-view cameras that replace traditional mirrors. 

The new smaller models of the Volta Zero will also change the experience and workspace for drivers. 

For example, the near-silent operation means  the driving experience is more like a premium car than a truck.

The new vehicles were revealed by Essa Al-Saleh, chief executive officer, Volta Trucks.

“The forthcoming 7.5- and 12-tonne models complete the full-electric Volta Zero product family,” he confirmed. 

“They’ll sit alongside our 16-tonne vehicle, that’s currently engaged in extensive testing.”

Continuing, Al-Saleh said that customers “really appreciate” the attributes of the 16-tonne Zero. 

“However, they also need smaller 7.5- and 12-tonne vehicles in their operations,” he reasoned.

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