Mobility Portal, Spain
Date: April 5, 2024
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Volta Trucks prepares for an electrifying comeback to Europe in 2024

The primary goal of Volta Trucks is to commence deliveries to its awaiting customers in Germany by the end of the year, subsequently extending to France, the UK, and Scandinavia.
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Volta is looking for partners to have the distinctive Volta Zero on the road during the Paris Olympics.

Electric truck manufacturer Volta Trucks is preparing for a sustainable return to select European markets under new ownership.

The revised plan features a simplified and more capital-efficient business model, with customer trials underway and high demand.

The initial objective is to commence deliveries by year-end to its waiting customers in Germany, followed by France, the United Kingdom (UK), and Scandinavia.

Volta Trucks emerged from administration on December 1, 2023, 48 days after filing for bankruptcy on October 17.

Since then, long-time financial backer Luxor Capital has worked with an experienced and dedicated team to recapitalize Volta Trucks and develop a simplified and capital-efficient business plan.

The new company, Volta Commercial Vehicles Ltd, is registered in the UK, and relaunch activities are now underway with a team of around 150 employees, passionate about bringing vehicles back to the streets of European cities.

Car development for the series production of the 16t and 18t versions of the Volta Zero is ongoing and timed to meet the GSR-2 (General Safety Requirement) standards, effective in July.

Customer trials in live operations have begun in the UK, with a larger fleet of vehicles available in the second quarter to also cover Germany, France, the Nordics, and Austria.

Joint planning with Steyr Automotive in Austria aims to resume series production later this year.

We are looking to confirm orders with existing customers, reassemble the supply chain, complete a crucial fundraising round, and ensure series vehicles are ready for delivery,” said Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of the new Volta Trucks Commercial Vehicles Ltd.

“Right now, we are in the midst of discussions with all our suppliers and partners to enable these objectives. We have learned a lot from our challenging journey and are emerging stronger and more focused than ever,” he adds.

Luxor Capital is supporting a funding plan that includes a round of convertible financing over the next month and a larger Series-A round for investors towards the middle of the year.

This funding will bring Volta Trucks through the phase of implementing series production and delivering vehicles.

“During the last couple of months, we have analysed our original business plan and worked hard to simplify our business model with a strong focus on speed to market, capital efficiency, and profitability,” said Essa Al-Saleh.

And he stated: “The new Volta Trucks will provide an innovative ‘chassis-cab’ product, supported by a tailored Maintenance and Service offering and partnerships with certified Body Builders. We believe this will best support our customers’ immediate needs and facilitate the electrification transition.”

Volta is also looking forward to partnering with customers to have the distinctive Volta Zero on the road during this summer’s Paris Olympics.

“With the City of Paris aiming to create the most green Olympics ever, this is a perfect opportunity for our logistics and consumer-brand customers to showcase the future of urban logistics,” concluded Essa Al-Saleh.

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