VOLTA ZERO PROTOTYPE
VOLTA ZERO PROTOTYPE
We brought Volta Trucks’ vision of a zero emission, fully electric mid-sized truck to life as fast as possible. Exploiting the electric powertrain, the payload is optimised and a safer truck for urban roads created. We built the first working prototype for the global launch and initial customer drives.
Volta Trucks had the vision to create an EV truck but lacked the engineering & production expertise to convert it into reality.
Firstly, Volta needed to investigate the technical feasibility, likely cost & development time. Secondly, they would need to produce a single concept demonstrator of high quality to persuade customers & investors.
A functional analysis helped Volta compare concepts with the current market & created a critical pathway for prototype development & construction.
As lead technical partner, we managed the styling house and key technology suppliers for the program. After producing a full CAD design, we identified & engaged a supply chain.
We manufactured & assembled the prototype, then provided technical support for filming & photography, the global launch event, as well onward customer demonstrations.
A working prototype was delivered on time 10 months after the first meeting, under budget during COVID-19 restrictions.
Securing subsequent funding rounds, 4 months after launch Volta’s order book stood at $260 million.
With a successful record of producing demonstrator and fleet trial vehicles, coupled with many years’ experience working with EV powertrains, we felt Prodrive was a natural partner; big enough to assemble a multi-skilled team quickly, yet small enough to retain the agility needed when introducing new technology.
Carl-Magnus Norden, Founder and CEO, Volta Trucks
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