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This electric truck uses flax fiber body parts

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

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

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 a short circuit in the event of an accident. Volta Trucks adds that its material also offers vibration absorption three times greater than carbon. And at the end of their life, these body parts can be burned in thermal energy recovery circuits, for example for heating buildings.

Up to 8.6 tonnes of payload

The Volta Zero has been designed to deliver to the city. It can carry up to 8.6 tonnes of payload, or 16 europallets. 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 the central position enjoys a wide field of vision at 220 degrees.

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

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