We have seen quite a number of trucks but I have got to say that the Volta Zero from Volta Trucks has got to be the most futuristic yet. It is not just futuristic aesthetically, the technology that drives it is futuristic too. I mean, electric drive is the future, is it not? Even better is, it should see real-world testing very soon.
And yes, what you see here are trucks. I know right. When I first saw it, I didn’t think it was a truck. But hey it is. For those who don’t already know, Volta Trucks is a Stockholm headquartered scale-up full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle that has been engineered from the ground up for urban logistics.
The duo you see here are actually the newly revealed full-electric 7.5- and 12-tonne Volta Zero variants. They look identical to the 16-tonne model except for the obvious: the length and the number of wheels. The 7.5- and 12-tonne shared the same front end, with the 12-tonne rocking a longer chassis and body, and scoring the second set of rear wheels and tires to deal with the increased payload.
Unlike traditional trucks (or any commercial vehicle for that matter), the Volta Zero has a driver-centric cab with an emphasis on optimum visibility. It offers a panoramic view of the surroundings through a glasshouse-style cab which is supplemented by rear-view cameras, a 360-degree birds-eye camera, and blind-spot warning systems for areas that cannot be seen in full, such as the immediate sides of the vehicle.
And did we mention that it has a non-side biased drive? That’s right. It is center drive, just like the McLaren F1 and Formula 1 cars. Because of the central driving position, the driver can enter and exit on either side of the vehicle which greatly increases the safety since the driver can always exit onto the pavements.
TBH, we have been so excited looking at a commercial vehicle since like, I don’t know, the Canoo. Wait. The Canoo is a commercial vehicle, right? Never mind. If you are interested, you may learn more about Volta Trucks and the Volta Zero range of electric trucks HERE.
All images courtesy of Volta Trucks.