Anglo-Swedish startup Volta Trucks will launch its urban electric lorry this year, the group said Wednesday, tapping into keen demand for electrified transport and increasing bans against high-polluting vehicles. Volta Trucks has developed what it bills as the world’s first purpose-built fully-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle which is designed to criss-cross cities for short journeys. The young firm, which was founded in Sweden in 2019, this week sealed a $20-million (16.5-million-euro) investment to help boost production of the Volta Zero which has a driving range of 150-200 kilometers (93-124 miles).
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The Volta Zero, engineered in the West Midlands, is not only green but has improved all-around vision for the driver, making the roads safer for other users. By the end of 2023, all diesel vehicles will be banned in Paris, the most aggressive attack on the fuel of choice of the delivery industry anywhere in Europe. With other European cities planning to follow, there is a growing assumption that the progressive low emission policies of City Hall in London will lead to an all-out diesel ban in Britain’s capital not long after. The race is on to provide zero-emission technologies for the haulage ...
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