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VWCO signs up partners to support the manufacture of the first Brazilian electric trucks

October 13 2019
  • Bosch, CATL, Moura, Semcon, Siemens, Meritor and Eletra are celebrating the creation of the new e-Consortium during Fenatran, one of the largest commercial vehicle trade fairs in the world.
  • VWCO announces its first mass-produced electric truck: the 14-ton e-Delivery.
  • VWCO`s development and manufacturing complex in Resende (RJ) is already being adapted to support production of the vehicle, funded from the company`s current R$ 1.5 billion investment plan
  • The birth of the e-Consortium was celebrated during the 22nd edition of Fenatran, one of the largest commercial vehicle trade fairs in the world, taking place in São Paulo (SP).

 

Full-scale production of the electric trucks is already scheduled to start in 2020, with the14-ton e-Delivery, the first model to be offered in VWCO`s electric vehicle range. The plant is already being modified to prepare for the assembly of the electrical components, the introduction of the electric power train, and quality inspection in the sector set aside for e-Delivery manufacture. The next model to roll down the line will be the 11-ton e-Delivery.

 

“This initiative marks an historical moment in the world`s automotive industry as VWCO and its manufacturing partners join forces to produce and support the operations of the first electric trucks developed and made in Brazil”, says Roberto Cortes, the President and CEO of VW Caminhões e Ônibus.

 

For the first time in the world, a vehicle manufacturer is taking responsibility for the entire manufacturing and operations cycle for electric trucks, from vehicle assembly to the recharging infrastructure and battery pack lifecycle management, leveraging the commitment of the entire supply chain to a fully integrated process. In this way, the e-Consortium will facilitate access to the technology required for electric commercial vehicles.

 

The partners in the e-Consortium are responsible for:

  • Siemens: infrastructure, charging equipment, and energy supply to clients.
  • CATL and Moura: delivery, management, distribution and maintenance of batteries.
  • Bosch and WEG: supply of components.
  • Semcon: engineering services.
  • Meritor: on axles of electric vehicles.
  • Eletra: as a strategic partnership.

The e-Consortium and Modular Consortium: a new chapter in pioneering

The e-Consortium concept builds on the Modular Consortium model, which is a unique and revolutionary production system whereby seven suppliers divide responsibility for vehicle assembly with VWCO inside the company`s plant, improving productivity and quality while reducing costs.

The e-Consortium is the next step. It is precisely because of the developing demand for electric vehicles that new partner companies are joining this business model to expand their participation beyond the doors of the factory, going to where the client is. This move, for example, involves studying the needs of individual clients and installing recharging equipment in their garages throughout Brazil.

Some information on the first mass-produced electric truck in Brazil.

The 6 x 2 14-ton e-Delivery, the first electric truck developed in Brazil, will start full-scale production in 2020. The model is designed using a modular architecture and includes a new power train that will be incorporated in all Volkswagen`s electric commercial vehicle models. The electric motor delivers up to 260kW with a range of up to 200 km, depending on the operational conditions experienced. Battery recharging is flexible, with a 30% charge level being achieved in just 15 minutes or 100% in 3 hours, supporting the most varied operational requirements and recharging infrastructure availability.

The 14-ton e-Delivery is also equipped with an intelligent monitoring system that monitors the loading of the vehicle and adjusts the energy consumption, working in conjunction with the Eco-Drive Mode. The chassis, wheels and tires are conventional and ensure the strength and robustness of the new Delivery line, which shares components with the diesel-powered models to ensure synergy and economy of scale, aiming to reduce the cost of the vehicle.

In addition to very low noise levels and zero emissions, comfort is ensured by the exclusive air suspension system, which makes for a much more comfortable on-board experience, reduces fatigue and helps increase operational productivity.

To maximize the performance of the e-Delivery, the vehicle is equipped with dynamic regenerative braking which can recover up to 35% of the energy produced while braking to recharge the batteries. The regenerative braking system is coupled with the service brakes to provide the maximum deceleration while reducing component wear, significantly reducing maintenance costs and increasing vehicle availability.

The e-Delivery - already on the streets of São Paulo

VW Caminhões e Ônibus was the first manufacturer to test an electric truck in Brazil under real operating conditions. A little more than a year after Cervejaria Ambev announced that by 2023 more than a third of its partner delivery fleet would be made up of c. 1,600 Volkswagen electric trucks, the biggest such commitment to electric commercial vehicles in the world, the two companies are celebrating their achievements in making electric-powered distribution viable.

In addition to signing a global cooperation deal for the development of an electric mobility business model, the two companies are working together to test the e-Delivery truck, which has already covered more than 15,000 km in engineering testing under real operating conditions in the city of São Paulo.

Thanks to this testing, which started immediately following the announcement, the e-Delivery has avoided the emission of more than 11 tons of CO² and saved more than 3,300 liters of diesel fuel. On top of this, the electric truck is being charged using only energy from 100% renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, with 43% of the energy it consumes coming from the vehicle`s regenerative braking system.

VW`s 11-ton e-Delivery is the featured electric vehicle on VW Caminhões e Ônibus` stand at Fenatran.

  • Tested and Approved: operations under real conditions have already proved the advantages.

Part of the first line of electric trucks developed in Brazil, VW`s 11-ton e-Delivery already includes technological improvements, thanks to the experience gained during a year of testing and more than 15,000 km traveled by the 14-ton model as it delivered beverages in São Paulo. Amongst the benefits achieved, the truck reused more than 40% of the energy it consumed thanks to the vehicles regenerative braking system.

Improvements to systems such as the battery pack cooling and heating system increased durability and the vehicle`s load capacity. Located to the rear of the vehicle, the power train delivers up to 260 kW and a maximum torque of 2,150 Nm, even at low motor speeds, avoiding the use of a separate transmission system thanks to the high torque levels that are delivered on demand to the drive shaft. Hill starts on 30% slopes are achieved without any difficulty.

The lithium ion battery pack at the center of the vehicle supports a range of c. 200 km, varying depending on the client`s specific vehicle configuration. These numbers do not take into account the extended range allowed by the use of energy recovered by the three-stage regenerative braking system to recharge the batteries.

To minimize operating costs, the vehicle is equipped with an intelligent control system which can program charging for hours when loads on the electrical distribution network are low and, as a result, tariffs are lower. As with the entire VWCO line, every aspect of the vehicle`s configuration can be tailored to provide the best transport solution for the client.

Auxiliary systems such as air compressors, air conditioning, power steering and water pumps are driven by independently-controlled electric motors, optimizing energy use. These components are located to the front of the vehicle along with the cabin, which has the most modern design in the world`s light truck market. Allied with these specific solutions is the effort to maximize the use of components from the conventionally-powered Delivery line, ensuring economies of scale and reducing costs.

In practice, the expertise of VWCO`s Brazilian engineers translates into a rugged, comfortable and safe vehicle which is supporting the transformation of the transport industry and the concept of efficient cities.

 

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