A large European-based electric commercial-vehicles supplier is having to rely on U.S. Suppliers’ to equip electric trucks.
Swedish-based Volta Trucks reported to be readying an electric commercial vehicle for the European market, but instead of sourcing parts directly from the European components market, it is instead relying on suppliers based in the United States for key parts and components used in these vehicles. As Volta makes multiple announcements about newly decided U.S. suppliers’, with light vehicles making up a total of 27% of EU exports to the US.
Volta confirmed that Michigan-based Meritor will supply e-axle units for the truck. Proterra, based in Colorado will be the battery supplier for its Volta Zero truck, and has been a long-time maker of electric buses, having garnered investments from BMW and General Motors in the past. Although Volta hasn’t discussed a U.S. launch, with Proterra and Meritor as suppliers, it’s looking more likely, with a number of suppliers and a growing market this provides the perfect opportunity for further suppliers to take advantage of evolving trends and upcoming opportunities.
Production is scheduled to start in the next 12 months, and is set to put “tens of thousands” of trucks on European roads. This move into the European market for both Volta and Proterra is on the back of a number of big announcements, including one from Arrival, which is currently setting up a micro factory in South Carolina, after signing a deal to supply 100,000 vans to UPS.
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