Swedish company introduces electric delivery trucks made of flax

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In Sweden, a vehicle startup hopes to revolutionize urban logistics with a fully electric delivery vehicle boasting numerous biobased elements.

Volta Trucks CEO Rob Fowler says every Volta Zero will remove tonnes of CO2 from city atmospheres. “[W]e believe that sustainability is more than just tailpipe emissions, so we have taken an environmental-first approach to all material sourcing… We will continue to strain every sinew to ensure we deliver on our mission of becoming the world’s most sustainable commercial vehicle manufacturer,” he adds.

The Volta Zero features flax and biodegradable resin exterior body panels as well as interior trims made of natural materials. The flax fiber is reinforced with Bcomp powerRibs grid technology, which is inspired by leaves, as well as biodegradable resins produced from rapeseed oil by UK company Bamd. The company says its trucks can eliminate 180,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2025.