Volta Trucks will work with CPC Group to develop and industrialise new and innovative, sustainable and recyclable composite materials to the significant volumes needed to deliver on the company’s long-term sales ambitions.

New Delhi: Volta Trucks, a leading full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and service provider, has appointed CPC Group, Europe’s largest composite manufacturing company, to develop and supply sustainable and recyclable composite exterior body panels for the Volta Zero, the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle designed specifically for inner city logistics, Volta Trucks said in a release on Wednesday.

Volta Trucks will work with CPC Group to develop and industrialise new and innovative, sustainable and recyclable composite materials to the significant volumes needed to deliver on the company’s long-term sales ambitions.

The founder and executive chairman of Volta Trucks, Carl-Magnus Norden, said, “Our innovative full-electric powetrain will remove harmful exhaust emissions, reducing climate change and improving inner-city air quality. But for Volta Trucks, sustainability is much more than just tailpipe emissions. We take an environmental-first approach to all material sourcing to deliver on our mission of becoming the world’s most sustainable commercial vehicle manufacturer.”

Full-scale production of customer-specification vehicles will commence from the end of 2022 using state-of-the-art composite materials throughout the body and trim of the vehicle. Production will start with the first iteration of composite, with a series of future developments in sustainable composite materials forming part of the company’s long-term road map that’s being developed with its key supply chain and material development partners, the release added.

The appointment of CPC Group as a strategic partner is very significant. We are on a journey together, not just in commercial partnership but in technological development as we jointly create the innovative, recycled and natural composites of our sustainable futureEssa Al-Saleh, CEO, Volta Trucks

“The appointment of CPC Group as a strategic partner is very significant. We are on a journey together, not just in commercial partnership but in technological development as we jointly create the innovative, recycled and natural composites of our sustainable future. As with our other strategic partners who are world-class experts in their field, working with CPC Group as Europe’s largest composites manufacturer gives us the strength, resources and confidence we need to deliver on our objectives” said Essa Al-Saleh, chief executive officer of Volta Trucks, said.“Volta Trucks will change the mobility of vehicles in the world and I am personally glad to dedicate a considerable share of our new company capacity for this project. By 2023, CPC will have the biggest composite capacity within Europe, not only in terms of pressing but also for final machining, bonding and painting, and Volta Trucks will be an important part of the strategy,” Franco Iorio, chief executive officer, CPC Srl, said.

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