Volta Air Technologies (“Volta Air”) and BYD Auto (CNY:SHE) made a major announcement recently at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, CA about a new partnership and collaborative project aimed at demonstrating and commercializing the first all-electric refrigeration delivery vehicle.
The ACT expo is the largest conference and expo for showcasing technologies for transportation, drive trains, and clean fuels. During a conference session titled “Zero Emissions for Refrigerated Trailers”, Kris Malek, Volta’s CEO, presented the company’s latest all-electric transport refrigeration unit (TRU) and announced the partnership with BYD Motors Inc., the largest electric bus manufacturer in North America and the largest electric vehicle company in the world. The two companies are joining forces to create a disruptive solution as an alternative to conventional refrigeration units for urban delivery vehicles that are either engine-powered or diesel-powered and significantly consume less fuel used by the vehicle during the day.
According to Malek, “Integrating Volta Air’s electric refrigeration units with BYD’s all electric vehicles is a win-win because the transport vehicle industry has clearly signalled the need for a zero-emission refrigeration vehicle and we will be the first to offer them a viable solution”.
Jack Symington, Regional Sales Manager for BYD Motors, also presented in the session and confirmed BYD’s desire to partner with Volta Air because of their leading-edge electric refrigeration platform for urban delivery market.
The integration of the Volta Air and BYD platforms will involve multiple new and innovative features including a custom truck body built on BYD’s platform, flexible solar panels on the vehicle roof, and a SmartPower integration device for monitoring and communicating critical information. The SmartPower device will feature advanced functionality that will allow customers to monitor and control all critical parameters related to cold-chain tracking and also select advanced or custom pre-cooling cycles.
Presently, the two companies are designing and validating the integrated platform concept and will demonstrate two full-size vehicles in California and Pennsylvania in June 2018. In the long-term, the companies will evaluate and pursue pathways for commercializing the zero-emission platform and delivering it to the marketplace in partnership with major grocery retailers.
About Volta Air:
Volta Air Technologies builds on over fifty years of cumulative industry experience in the automotive and industrial HVAC sectors. A leader in the clean refrigeration for the urban delivery market, the Vancouver-based company produces and distributes all-electric, zero emission, no-idle cooling units for local delivery vehicles and cab cooling solutions for long-haul trucks. Since incorporating in 2014, the company has leveraged close relationships with automotive OEMs, major outfitters and local installers to rapidly put viable products in the hands of fleet vehicle owner/operators. Volta Air also recently received ISO 9001 Certification in recognition of its commitment to safety, exemplary quality management, and customer-oriented strategies.
Founded in 1995 as a pioneer in battery technology, BYD’s mission is to change the world by creating a complete, clean-energy ecosystem that reduces the world’s reliance on petroleum. BYD’s innovative products are leaders in multiple sectors, including battery-electric automobiles, buses, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and forklifts; the SkyRail monorail system; solar power generation and energy storage systems; and consumer electronics. BYD has been the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer for the past three years running, in both consumer and commercial/industrial electric vehicles. Last year BYD sold more than 113,000 plug-in electric vehicles worldwide and currently has nearly 40,000 electric buses in service around the world.