Volta - Pioneering truck design - Press release 20191016

Swedish technology startup Volta Trucks will partner with Sheffield-based Magtec to develop the prototype of its fully electric truck.

Magtec will be responsible for designing and manufacturing the electric drive system of Volta’s prototype truck, which will be unveiled early summer 2020.

Founded in May 2019 by CEO Carl-Magnus Norden and CTO Kjell Walöen and headquartered in Stockholm, Volta is developing fully electric trucks for commercial use within and around urban areas.

Its aim is to ensure safety by design, while removing air and sound pollution from city streets.

Volta trucks will be custom-made according to order requirements and feature a unique ‘Truck-as-a-Service’ rental model.

Street pilots will be carried out in partnership with selected retailers in London and Paris in 2021.

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Norden said: “Our business is based on co-creation and collaboration with some of the brightest minds of our industry. Doing this is essential to succeed with our goal of moving as fast as we can to reduce air and sound pollution on our roads, while increasing the safety of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

“With Magtec onboard we feel confident that this will help make our trucks road-ready at the pace we see necessary to meet the current, urgent needs of the cities and the people living within them.

“Until now, the HGV industry has been dominated by a few major players. With Magtec joining our other partners Prodrive, Conjure and Astheimer we now have a world-class lineup of experts working on this project and together we will be able to deliver on our promise to bring sustainability and safety to cities across Europe and beyond.”

Andrew Gilligan, UK MD of Magtec, added: “We are delighted to partner with Volta Trucks on this innovative project to reduce environmental harm and improve road user safety. This is a very exciting time for Magtec with our company involved in pioneering work across the world.

“Public opinion, business requirements and environmental bodies are driving change across all transportation sectors. Magtec is perfectly positioned to meet the needs of these markets by rolling out class-leading technology developed by our team over the past 20 years.”

You can discover more about Volta Trucks at Freight in the City Expo on 6 November at London’s Alexandra Palace, with two exciting Tech Talks taking place and a fun virtual reality experience for visitors.

Magtec will also be taking part in the seminar programme and sharing its work with Sheffield City Council on repowered electric bin lorries powered by household waste.

Freight in the City is free to attend, but you must register for your free pass. Hope to see you there!