Electric CV manufacturer Volta Trucks has gained European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for its 16-tonne all-electric Volta Zero vehicle, allowing it to produce and sell the all-electric Volta Zero in volume.

The certification comes as the manufacturer prepares to deliver the second-generation ‘Production Verification’ prototypes to customers across Europe as part of a pilot fleet of vehicles.

These will be loaned to customers for extended periods of time, allowing fleet operators to fully understand how the all-electric medium duty truck will integrate into their operations.

To achieve the required accreditation, the vehicle underwent multiple systems and individual component testing on areas such as braking, steering, lighting and glazing, along with the vehicle safety systems.

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Customers' own series production Volta Zeros are due to start rolling off the line of the company’s contract manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria, early in the second quarter of this year.

Volta trucks said this week that the plant is ready to meet the strong customer demand for the purpose-built, all-electric medium duty urban delivery trucks.

Essa Al-Saleh, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, said: “Receiving the European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval is a huge milestone for Volta Trucks, and our mission to make city centre streets safer and more sustainable for all. We’ve developed a completely new vehicle from the ground up, and it’s a testament to our engineering and developments teams that the Volta Zero has passed these stringent and demanding tests so quickly. We are now all set for the start of series production at our manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria, to put trucks into the hands of our customers, and start the work of delivering on our mission.”

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