Various commercial electric vehicles ranging from trucks to buses in the world have competed to show their reliability under extreme climates.
Volta Trucks, a leading manufacturer and service provider of fully electric commercial vehicles, has completed its cold-weather truck testing program within the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden.
This extreme weather testing program is part of a rigorous series of vehicle tests designed to ensure that the fully electric Volta Zero trucks will deliver the highest levels of quality, reliability and durability when serial production of customer specification vehicles begins later this year.
Citing its official website on Friday (18/3/2022), Volta Trucks engineers have evaluated various technical aspects of the vehicle in some of the harshest conditions in the world.
Pre-conditioning and thermal stability testing of the battery, interior thermal comfort, defrosting and defrosting in the cab as well as traction with different levels of grip and accumulated mileage with different cargo weights, were all carried out at temperatures as low as -30 degrees celsius.
Ian Collins, Chief Product Officer of Volta Trucks, said that the completion of this winter testing program is another major milestone in the company’s journey towards the start of production of the Volta Zero.
“In developing the world’s first fully electric, purpose-built medium-duty truck, we faced many challenges for the first time, and needed to understand and resolve those challenges quickly to bring the vehicle to market according to our customers’ demands,” he explained.
To deliver a fully electric Volta Zero at industry-leading speeds, the Vehicle Development team at Volta Trucks used state-of-the-art tools to ensure consistency and communication across multiple simultaneous test activities.
Information and improvements from different test teams and locations are captured and centralized and launched in real-time to other test environments to speed up the development process.
“It’s unlikely that customers in our launch markets in London and Paris will experience such conditions, but we need to push vehicles to the extreme to ensure we deliver the highest levels of quality and reliability from the first customer-produced vehicles.”