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the Swedish electric vehicle startup Volta Trucks closed its Series C funding round with a €230 million capital raise

The Stockholm-based company Volta Trucks has raised 230 million euros in a Series C funding round led by New York-based Luxor Capital. The last fund will help the company proceed with its engineering and business operations while it is on the make of being a manufacturer of full-electric trucks. The company is planning to complete its first series production of the 16-tonne full-electric Volta Zero by the year ends.

Volta cares about sustainability as well as safety during its productions. Volta Zero is designed for urban logistics to reduce the adverse effects on the environment during the delivery process of the loads in the city centers. By 2025, the company is expecting to have saved around 1,191,000 tonnes of tailpipe CO2 from the atmosphere – the equivalent annual CO2 usage of 170,000 houses – and improved city-center air quality by emitting no pollutants.

Volta Trucks confirms €230 million of Series C funding as it prepares the full-electric Volta Zero for production

  • Volta Trucks confirms successful, oversubscribed, Series C funding round with a total investment of €230 million into the company.
  • Latest capital raise funds engineering and business operations until after start of production in late 2022.
  • Existing investor, Luxor Capital Group, LP, leads the funding round while initial seed investor and co-lead, Byggmästare Anders J Ahlström, extends its holding in Volta Trucks.
  • Agility add to their previous investment in Volta Trucks and B-FLEXION joins the Volta Trucks journey.
  • Following Europe’s largest order of electric trucks from DB Schenker in late 2021, and other recent wins, pre-orders for the Volta Zero now exceed 5,000 vehicles, with an orderbook value of more than €1.2 billion.

Volta Trucks, the leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has announced the successful and oversubscribed conclusion of its Series C funding round with a €230 million capital raise. The funding round was led by New York-based Luxor Capital, while initial seed investor, Byggmästare Anders J Ahlström of Stockholm, added to its holding in the company as well as bringing further direct and indirect co-investors to the cap table.

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Previous Series B investor, Agility, a leading provider of supply chain services, innovation, and investment, also joined the capital raise. The additional investment from these major shareholders demonstrates their confidence in the company’s journey and strategy, and its future success.

B-FLEXION, formerly Waypoint Capital, also became investors in the Volta Trucks journey. B-FLEXION is a private entrepreneurial investment firm. It makes long-term, thematic, direct Principal Investments into businesses in transformative industries, and builds Investment Partnerships across a wide range of areas including Growth & Venture, Buy-Outs, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Public Securities, Credit, Hedge Funds, and other Alternatives.  With offices across North America and Europe, it builds on a more than 20-year history of delivering exceptional and lasting value for its clients, while making a positive contribution to society.

This latest capital raise will fund all the company’s engineering and business operations through until after the start of series production of the 16-tonne full-electric Volta Zero at the end of 2022. This includes the completion of a fleet of Design Verification prototypes for engineering development and testing, as well as a fleet of Product Verification vehicles that will be evaluated by customers in London and Paris in mid-2022. It will also fund the continued development of the recently confirmed 7.5- and 12-tonne full-electric Volta Zero derivatives, as well as prepare the company’s contract manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria, to start production of customer vehicles by the end of the year.

During 2023, the company’s first year of series production, Volta Trucks has production plans for 5,000 vehicles, increasing to 14,000 trucks in 2024 and up to 27,000 vehicles in 2025. By this time, the company will be operational across Europe as well as the US, with a portfolio of four Volta Zero models in production, including 7.5-, 12-, 16- and 18-tonne variants. Supporting these volume expectations are significant customer contracts, including the recent announcement of Europe’s largest order of full-electric trucks from DB Schenker, Europe’s premier land transport company, ordering nearly 1,500 vehicles. This, and other recent pre-orders has taken the Volta Trucks orderbook to over 5,000 vehicles, with an order value of over €1.2 billion.

Volta TrucksConfirming the new investment, Essa Al-Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks, said;

“The successful and oversubscribed conclusion of our Series C funding round gives us a positive external validation of our journey. As an innovator and disruptor in commercial vehicles, we are working at industry-leading pace and have significant ambitions. Today’s closing of the Series C funding round, bringing €230 million into the company, gives us the financial runway to be able to deliver on all our goals as we transition from a start-up to a manufacturer of full-electric trucks. The confirmation of our orderbook of over 5,000 vehicles with an orderbook value exceeding €1.2 billion, gives us and our investors, confidence that our pioneering product and service offering is both wanted and needed by our customers.”

 

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 5,000 vehicles, with an order bank value of circa €1.2 billion.

About Volta Trucks

Volta Trucks is a scale-up full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services company. Volta Trucks’ Head Office is in Stockholm, Sweden, with its engineering led from the UK, and forthcoming manufacturing facility in Steyr, Austria. The company also has sales teams across France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the UK. Volta Trucks is partnering with a number of global leaders in the supply chain for the development and production of the Volta Zero.

 

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