The all-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider Volta Trucks is partnering with EAVX, a business unit within J.B. Poindexter & Co., whose business units lead North America’s commercial vehicle body market, to build the truck bodies for the upcoming Pilot Fleet of all-electric Volta Zeros in the US for the Driving Experience Programme.
EAVX will utilise JBPCO’s unparalleled market knowledge to lead the development, prototyping, and production of custom bodies and upfits for the Pilot Fleet of Volta Zeros. With significant expertise in manufacturing, tooling, and engineering top-quality production truck bodies for electric commercial vehicles, EAVX understands the importance of integrating the truck bodies precisely to the unique frame design, keeping the batteries safe and accessible, but not adding additional weight.
Combining the Volta Zero’s advanced technology and unique design concept with EAVX’s cutting-edge engineering capabilities, Volta Trucks aims to offer an unrivalled sustainable, safe, and efficient solution for urban delivery fleets in the US. The Volta Zero Pilot Fleet featuring EAVX bodies and technology is expected to hit US roads as part of the Driving Experience Programme in late 2023.
The Driving Experience Programme in the US will be launched for fleet operators to evaluate a Pilot Fleet of Volta Zeros in real distribution environments to understand how the electric delivery trucks will integrate into their operations. A similar programme is currently launching across six European countries. The Programme in the US will start on the west coast, ahead of a roll out of production vehicles expected in 2024.
Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with EAVX to bring our Pilot Fleet of electric trucks to the US market. EAVX has a proven track record of designing and engineering innovative mobility solutions and we believe their expertise will be invaluable in creating the optimal cargo body for our trucks. We will take the steps now to ensure the flexibility of our vehicle offering and in turn, meet wider US customer demand, all ensuring the Volta Zero is a stand-out proposition for the important US market.”
Mark Hope, General Manager and COO from EAVX added: “We are excited to be working with Volta Trucks on this ground-breaking project. Our team is passionate about creating sustainable mobility solutions and this partnership is a significant step forward in our mission to improve the efficiency of the industry.”