Volta Trucks, the leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has confirmed the selection of Carrier Transicold as the sole supplier of refrigerated equipment for the full-electric 16-tonne Volta Zero. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable, and intelligent building and cold chain solutions.
The supply agreement follows a project in which Carrier Transicold engineers worked closely with the Volta Trucks development team to integrate engineless ‘Iceland’ all-electric refrigeration systems and PowerBox technology into the new Volta Zero. The system is designed for customers needing a sustainable, temperature-controlled urban delivery vehicle.
Announcing the supply agreement with Carrier Transicold, Ian Collins, Chief Product Officer of Volta Trucks, said; “Selecting Carrier Transicold as our supplier of refrigerated equipment for the Volta Zero was logical, given our strategy of working with world-leading partners. Carrier Transicold is a global company offering best-in-class engineless refrigeration solutions. Carrier Transicold Iceland units are proven in the marketplace, and it seamlessly integrates with our powertrain and control systems.”
The Iceland eCool is a high capacity undermount system that operates in conjunction with the PowerBox that functions like an electronic power take-off. The PowerBox takes energy from the Volta Zero driveline and converts it into the 400V AC current at 50Hz which is required to operate the Iceland unit. From an operational perspective, the Carrier Transicold system achieves more than 95% efficiency when converting energy from the electric driveline to power the refrigeration system. The Iceland unit is quiet, operating below the PIEK noise threshold.
“We have invested in electric technology over the past two decades, and we are pleased customers are reaping the benefits,” said Victor Calvo, President, International Truck & Trailer, Carrier Transicold. “Reducing emissions and noise continues to be a focus, and this project with Volta Trucks ticks all the boxes.”
As part of the agreement, customers specifying a temperature-controlled Volta Zero can access Carrier Transicold’s pan-European service network – the largest of its kind, providing the most comprehensive levels of workshop and mobile-based aftermarket support for servicing, repairs, replacement parts and breakdown assistance.
A Volta Zero ‘Design Verification’ roadgoing prototype vehicle equipped with the Iceland system will be featured at the CV Show, taking place between 24-26 May 2022 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK.
About the Volta Zero.
The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for urban logistics, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. Designed from the ground up with an operating pure-electric range of 150 - 200 kms (95 – 125 miles), the Volta Zero will eliminate an estimated 1.2M tonnes of CO2 by 2025.
Safety is also at the heart of Volta Trucks, with its ambition of producing the safest trucks for our cities. The Volta Zero was designed for electric from the outset, which facilitates a step-change in vehicle, driver and pedestrian safety. Thanks to the removal of the internal combustion engine, the operator of a Volta Zero sits in a central driving position, with a much lower seat height than a conventional truck. This combination, plus a glass house-style cab design, gives the driver a wide 220-degrees of visibility, minimising dangerous blind spots. The prototype Volta Zero was launched in September 2020, with the first vehicles expected to be operating with customers in mid-2022.
In November 2021, Volta Trucks announced Europe’s largest purchase of full-electric trucks with DB Schenker’s order of 1,470 vehicles. This followed Petit Forestier’s order of 1,000 Volta Zeros. Volta Trucks now has a total order bank of around 6,000 vehicles, with an order bank value of circa €1.3 billion.