Volta Trucks continues its expansion in Europe and the United States, where it has commercial offices, and in the United Kingdom, which already hosts its engineering center. The operation is illustrated by important alliances. With in particular Carrier Transicold and Paneltex, respectively on the European and British markets. As well as a future collaboration in the United States, alongside an as yet unknown partner
A development that seems natural for this manufacturer of electric trucks, the world leader. Its 6,000 pre-orders recorded for 2023 and 2024 provide Volta Trucks with a turnover of 1.4 billion euros. While the Swede only accumulates 267 million euros in funds raised between September 2021 and February 2022. And the company is not new to partnerships. Indeed, the Steyr Automotive plant in Austria or even Petit Forestier in France already guarantee its deployment in international markets.
Volta Trucks wants to “Europeanise” its refrigeration market
With the arrival in May of Carrier Transicold among its partners, Volta Trucks Europeanizes its sales. Because the refrigeration specialist will not only supply it with the refrigeration for the Volta Zero in Europe, but he will ensure its maintenance there. In addition, its Iceland electric refrigeration system operates without a motor. How ? Thanks to the recovery of the vehicle’s transmission energy by its PowerBox energy converter unit. This box converts 95% of the kinetic energy into alternating current of 400 V at 50 Hz. Iceland will therefore not affect the autonomy of the Volta Zero, while giving it CO2-neutral refrigeration.2 of Piek standard.
Paneltex will secure the UK market for Volta Trucks
In the UK, Paneltex, supplier of Volta Zero ambient crates, will support Volta Ttrucks. This local coachbuilder is renowned for its ability to mass-produce complete vehicles rather than chassis-cabs in its six factories. Paneltex wants to be “at the forefront of environmental innovation while maintaining the commitment to payload, durability and excellence”.
With this partnership, Volta Trucks offers itself “integrated solutions”. They should reduce time to market, improve technological functionalities, guarantee replacement vehicles, but also support the “Truck as a Service” (TaaS) sales model. TaaS allows each partner to benefit from sales revenue.
The United States is waiting for its Volta Class 7, 6 and 5
Volta Trucks already has the Californian Proterra, supplier of its batteries, and, from Michigan, Meritor and its compact electric axle eAxle. The Swede only needs an experienced production partner to approach the North American market. It will designate it at the end of 2022. In mid-2023, it will offer 100 Volta Zero Class 7 of 16 tonnes to its first Californian customers. Produced at Steyr Automotive in Austria, they will be of the same model as the Volta Zero.
From 2024-2025, its future partner will produce American vehicles, including Class 5 (7.5 tonnes) and Class 6 (12 tonnes) three-axle models. As in Europe, the sale will be made in TaaS mode. However, in return for this dispersal of resources, Volta Trucks will have to green its supply logistics.