This electric truck uses flax fiber body parts

The Volta Zero is a 16 tonne electric heavyweight that offers 200 km of range and some body parts are made of a biodegradable resin and flax fiber material co-developed with the European Space Agency (ESA).

An electric truck is good. But an electric truck using parts from natural components as a bonus is even better. And this is the ambition of Volt Trucks, a young company that designs the Volta Zero, a 16-tonne electric heavyweight whose body parts are made from a mixture of flax fibers and biodegradable resin . A material which was developed in collaboration with ESA and which is already used in motor racing .

Electric trucks exterior body components made of flax and ...

In addition to the weight gain that promotes better autonomy , composite linen has a key advantage over carbon , namely that it is not conductive. This reduces the risk of short circuits in the event of an accident . Volta Trucks adds that its material also provides absorption of vibrations three times the atoms. And at the end of their life, these bodywork parts could be burned in thermal energy recovery circuits , for example for heating buildings.

Up to 8.6 tonnes payload

The Volta Zero has been designed to deliver to the city. It can carry up to 8.6 tonnes of payload, i.e. 16 Euro pallets. Equipped with a 200 kWh battery, it can travel up to 200 km for a maximum speed of 90 km / h. The design of this electric truck is quite atypical, with its very low cabin where the driver installed in a central position enjoys a wide field of vision at 220 degrees.

Volta Trucks is assembling the first prototype of the Volta Zero which will be unveiled before the end of the year. The first tests are scheduled from 2021. Bring and Posten, one of the leading parcel and mail carriers in Scandinavian countries, has announced that it will test Volta Zeros in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland from first quarter 2021.