The full-electric 16-metric ton Volta Zero commercial vehicle from Volta Trucks has completed a challenging six-week hot weather testing program at the Nardo Technical Centre in Southern Italy.
The program consisted of the Vehicle Development team at Volta Trucks conducting over 2,500km of testing miles over highways, towns and cities. During testing, temperatures reached up to 39°C in the day, ensuring a high level of reliability and durability for customers when the Volta Zero begins series production in early 2023. The powertrain, air conditioning system and thermal battery management were all tested for operational reliability.
Testing of the Volta Zero was also carried out in dusty conditions to make sure the vehicle’s chassis, including its suspension steering, traction control and braking system, worked beyond normal customer requirements. Dust accumulation on lights, wipers, panels and within the cabin and load box was also studied.
“The completion of our hot weather testing program marks another important milestone in the development and delivery of the Volta Zero,” said Ian Collins, chief product officer, Volta Trucks. “The testing allows our engineers to incorporate their latest findings in the series production of customer specification vehicles, ensuring the Volta Zero will deliver a reliable and durable experience for future customers.”