A Swedish startup called Volta has officially unveiled its first electric vehicle. However, instead of creating a car that will rival the likes of Tesla and its sporty Model S, Volta have turned their sights towards the delivery market, freight deliveries and city parcels to be specific, with its Volta Zero delivery vehicle.
The Volta Zero is scheduled to go into production in 2022, with the company aiming to have as many as 500 of its vehicles on UK roads by the end of that year, Volta CEO Rob Fowler told Reuters. The Zero will reportedly feature a variety of driver assistance systems, along with having 90% fewer mechanical parts compared to a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle. The vehicle will be powered by Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries which Volta has designed to be highly modular, and can be adapted to the vehicle to an operator’s specifications.
The lithium iron phosphate batteries will provide the Zero with a range of of 150 km to 200 km on a single charge. The Zero’s body will be built using biodegradable resin and sourced natural Flax material, according to Engadget.
Trials for the vehicle will start next year with Volta delivering packages for the European delivery service, DPD. Trials will start in London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in the first quarter of 2021.
“Sustainability is at the very core of our business. Saving the planet cannot wait, it must happen now, and Volta Trucks wants to spearhead the rapid change in large commercial vehicles, from outdated diesel to clean and safe technological solutions,” said Carl-Magnus Norden, Founder of Volta Trucks on the companies website.
Take a look at the launch of the Volta Zero below:
Image credit: Screenshot/ The live launch of the Volta Zero