Based on the Austria-based Steyr’s expertise in commercial vehicle manufacturing, existing manufacturing infrastructure and consequent speed to market, Volta Trucks decided to make its Volta Zero at the company.
Over time, the contract will create up to 500 jobs in the region, in addition to an estimated 2,000 positions within the supply chain.
According to the EV maker, it will allow the company to start series production in late 2022, following customer trials of Pilot Fleet vehicles that will commence mid-next year.
Kjell Waloen, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Volta Trucks, said, “The partnership with Steyr Automotive marks a significant milestone for Volta Trucks, and one of the important milestones ahead of us starting to build full electric trucks by the end of 2022. The team at Steyr Automotive has the demonstrable capability to manufacture the Volta Zero with decades of previous premium truck-building experience. Building our trucks in Austria, in the heart of our European launch region, will accelerate our time to market and minimise the environmental footprint of our operations, supporting our sustainability ambitions – a key factor in our decision-making process. The partnership will now allow Volta Trucks to quickly ramp up our production as we look to meet the demands of our customers who need to replace their fleets with zero-emission vehicles as soon as possible.”
Siegfried Wolf, Chairman of the Board, Steyr Automotive, said, “We are very pleased and excited that Volta Trucks selected Steyr Automotive for the manufacturing for the new electric Volta Zero. With the expertise and experience of our team in Steyr, we are looking forward to a long-lasting successful partnership with Volta Trucks.”