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Ambev brewing company and Volkswagen complete the pilot testing of the first all-electric beverage delivery truck

November 13 2018
  • The vehicle developed in a partnership between the two companies traveled 900km on the streets of São Paulo making deliveries for 30 days;
  • By 2023, there will be 1,600 electric trucks powered by clean energy operating in the brewers’ partner fleet

The first Volkswagen e-Delivery truck has successfully completed its pilot test phase, clearing it to join Ambev’s fleet. The result of a partnership between the company and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, this is the first light truck in Latin America with a 100% electric drive fueled by clean energy, with zero carbon, micro-particles and NOX emissions.

The first test phase of the truck lasted 30 days and covered a total 915 kilometers, with zero emissions of pollutants. The test covered the routes most frequently used by Ambev’s trucks as they deliver and distribute the company’s beverages in the city of São Paulo.

The vehicle’s innovative technology and clean energy sources reduced CO2 emissions during the test by 0.7 tons in comparison with a standard truck. The VW e-Delivery electric truck under test was recharged using 100% solar generated energy. A total of 950 kWh was consumed, avoiding a 200-liter diesel fuel consumption.

“We dream of building a sustainable and long-term legacy for future generations, investing in socio-environmental projects as one of our main focuses in achieving this goal. Partnering with Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus is an important step towards the better world we want to build, and we are really motivated by sharing the same dream with them. After all, sustainability is not just part of our business, sustainability is our business,” says Rodrigo Figueiredo, VP Sustainability and Supplies at Ambev.

Developed in Brazil, the vehicles rely on state-of-the-art solutions to achieve green logistics, using smart systems which regulate battery usage during operation and recover braking energy. The tests showed that the system recovers about 40% of the energy used.

“Since we started operating, we have always been concerned with being at the forefront of technology development while continuously investing in new solutions that contribute to customer operations and the environment," says Roberto Cortes, President and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and a member of the TRATON Group’s Board.The partnership between Ambev and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus aims to put 1,600 electric beverage delivery trucks on the road by 2023. When this is achieved, about 35% of the fleet supporting the operations of the brewery will consist of vehicles powered by clean energy - avoiding the emission of more than 30,400 tons of carbon every year.

The introduction of the electric truck demonstrates both companies’ mutual concern for the environment and the development of sustainable practices. Over the last five years, Ambev has invested about R$ 1 billion in social and environmental sustainability projects. This investment enabled the company to meet six out of the seven environmental targets that it announced in 2013 would be met by 2017.

In 2018, the brewery has announced another important step towards full sustainability, signing up for new commitments to be achieved by 2025. The company's new socio-environmental goals are divided into four pillars, one of which refers specifically to the reduction of carbon emissions in its operations and the purchase of electricity from renewable sources:

  • Climate Actions: 100% of the electricity purchased by Ambev must be from renewable sources. In addition, the brewery will reduce carbon emissions by 25% throughout our value chain.
  • Circular Packaging: 100% of Ambev’s products must use packaging that is returnable or that is mainly made from recycled materials.
  • Water Management: measurably improve the availability and quality of water supplies in 100% of the communities in areas of significant water stress with which the brewery has a relationship.
  • Intelligent Agriculture: 100% of the brewer's partner farmers must be trained, connected and financially structured to support farming practices that are ever-more sustainable. About Ambev

Unite people for a better world. This is the dream of Ambev, a Brazilian company which is based in São Paulo and has operations in 18 countries. There are more than 32,000 of us in Brazil who share the same passion for brewing and work together to ensure moments of celebration and fun.

Ambev is an innovative brewery which places the consumer at the center of its decisions and initiatives. The portfolio includes beers, soft drinks, teas, isotonics, energy drinks and fruit juices, with well-known brands such as Skol, Brahma, Antarctica, Budweiser, Stella Artois, Wäls, Colorado, Guaraná Antarctica, Fusion, and AMA, the mineral water which invests 100% of its profits in projects that bring drinking water to families in the Brazilian semi-arid region.

Over the last five years alone, Ambev has invested R$ 17.5 billion in the country, leaving a legacy that goes beyond the investment in our broad-based sustainability platform. This commitment includes clear and publicly disclosed goals which translate into four pillars: smart consumption, water, zero waste and development. This is achieved by working with a network of partners, since building a better world becomes a richer experience when done together.

About Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus

Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus is a member of the TRATON Group and produces Volkswagen and MAN commercial vehicles. The company is one of the largest producers of trucks and buses in Latin America. An innovative company, it will produce the VW e-Delivery line in its plant located in Resende (RJ), working with its partners in the Modular Consortium.

Since 1981, when it began operating, the company has achieved a market leading position by respecting and satisfying the needs of its customers, the manufacturer’s permanent focus. And that's exactly what it offers its customers: bespoke products and excellent after-sales service.

The company is also a benchmark for its technological innovation. Since 2003, the vehicle manufacturer has studied and researched several renewable and alternative fuels, even before it was legally obliged to do so.

Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus has pioneered the use of biofuels and the development in Brazil of a truck equipped with a hybrid diesel-hydraulic drive system. The company always seeks solutions that reduce the environmental impact of its products and operations and help preserve the environment.

For over 35 years, the manufacturer has remained firm in its commitment to develop vehicles that exceed the needs of its customers - wherever they go, on Brazilian, Latin American or African highways. More photos at: