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Here to deliver last-mile EV navigation system for Volta Trucks

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Volta Trucks has partnered with Here Technologies to deliver a last-mile electric vehicle (EV) navigation system, featuring What3words, in the Volta Zero.

The Volta Zero will use EV Range Assistant, a feature from Here tailored for inner-city deliveries.

It includes range prediction for trucks on route and allows for route planning including multiple delivery stops. Search, routing, real-time traffic, and turn-by-turn voice guidance will be available both on- and off-line.

Ian Collins, chief product officer of Volta Trucks, said: “Here Technologies is another world-class partner for Volta Trucks, delivering the full features of embedded navigation but with the user experience of a mobile navigation application.

“With Here Navigation, we can provide innovative and differentiated experiences to our drivers while simplifying our supply chain – a key benefit supporting our accelerated route to market.”

Drivers will be able to use geolocation technology, What3words. It has divided the world into a grid of three-metre squares and given each square a unique combination of three random words: a What3words address.

Drivers can enter What3words addresses directly into their in-truck systems, allowing them to navigate to locations as specific as building entrances or loading bays.

Gino Ferru, general manager EMEAR and senior vice president at Here Technologies, said: “We are pleased to be putting the long experience gained working with leading OEMs to good use by helping Volta Trucks offer the best navigation experience to its truck drivers.

“Navigating 16-tonne trucks within city centres is a challenge in itself – with our truck attributes and our EV range calculator, Volta Zero drivers can focus on what matters the most - the road ahead.”

Volta Trucks revealed the final production-ready design of the fully-electric Volta Zero in November.

The new 16-tonne truck features a cab with a low, central seating position to improve visibility and safety.

Production of the first 25 Design Verification prototype vehicles is due to start shortly and will undergo testing in the coming weeks. 

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