STOCKHOLM — Swedish startup Volta Vans unveiled on Thursday its Volta Zero, a 35,000-pound electrical truck, with plans to start out manufacturing in 2022 in the UK.

Following the success of corporations similar to Tesla in popularising electric cars, truck makers have additionally turned their consideration to electric vehicles, together with Volvo and Daimler in addition to startups like Rivian and Nikola.

Trials will begin subsequent 12 months with parcel supply corporations similar to DPDgroup within the UK and different corporations in Europe. Volta goals to place 500 autos on the street by 2022, CEO Rob Fowler advised Reuters.

“We’re additionally nicely progressed with one other seven or eight prospects,” he mentioned.

Volta mentioned its vans would characteristic superior driver help programs, 90% fewer mechanical elements than conventional inside combustion engine automobile and supply a spread of 93 to 124 miles on a single cost. Prime velocity is 56 mph, and it has a payload capability of almost 19,000 kilos, The corporate additionally plans to supply refrigerated variants which can be cooled by battery energy, slightly than an auxiliary diesel-powered cooler.

The corporate mentioned the primary Volta automobile was manufactured by Prodrive in Warwick, central England, and it was in talks with a small variety of suppliers for contract manufacturing of its vans.

It declined to present particulars about its present funding. Fowler mentioned the corporate was desirous about elevating funds to gasoline the capital-intensive enterprise.

“We acknowledge there are challenges on this house, however we’re assured that we have got the appropriate individuals round which permits us to exit and lift cash when we have to sooner or later,” he mentioned.

Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm; enhancing by Jason Neely and Mark Potter. Further info added by Joel Stocksdale