Volta Trucks has appointed Dr Martin Hofmann as its new chief technology and information officer, as of May. He will report to CEO Essa Al-Saleh and will be responsible for digital services and IT operations at the electric truck maker.
His career background puts him in good stead to take on the new position, which includes his role in setting up several software development and technology centers for Volkswagen in Portugal, Spain, India, and Silicon Valley. Under his leadership, Volkswagen was the first entity to obtain three US patents in applied quantum computing, with one in mobility optimization. VW began its digital transformation into the cloud with Hofmann at the helm, connecting vehicles and factories through the internet.
Hofmann said, “I am excited to join the Volta Trucks team that has accomplished so much in such a short time – making mobility in our cities safer and tailpipe emission-free. Being passionate about automotive and advanced information technology, I am thrilled to drive the creation of Volta Trucks’ Digital Platform – a benchmark in customer experiences, software-defined vehicle services and efficient ecosystem processes.”
Al-Saleh commented, “I am delighted to welcome Martin to the executive management team of Volta Trucks at this pivotal time in the development of the company. Building a new all-electric truck from the ground up gives us a unique opportunity to create a digital ecosystem around the vehicle, built specifically for our customer’s needs, much like Apple did with the launch of the original iPhone. Martin’s extensive industry knowledge and experience with digital transformations will be invaluable for Volta Trucks to support our vision for an industry-leading digital customer experience.”