Volta Trucks has started production of its first road-going design verification (DV) prototype vehicle at its Coventry factory.

It said the DV prototypes are the first full-electric Volta Zero vehicles to be built in its recently unveiled production-ready design.

Volta is embarking on making 25 vehicles and once completed in January, the fleet will begin a testing regime involving engineers replicating a range of customer usage and delivery cycles.

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They also intend on taking the Volta Zero to cold weather environments in the Arctic, hot weathers in equatorial conditions, as well as crash testing.

The results will aid the final prototype stage, where vehicles will be built at Volta’s manufacturing plant in Steyr, Austria in mid-2022.

Ian Collins, chief product officer at Volta Trucks, said: “In August, the first Volta Zero rolling chassis started testing and we’ve already extracted huge amounts of data from that vehicle.

“We have integrated that feedback into the design verification prototypes that start production today.”