The future has already arrived at VW Caminhões e Ônibus: the e-Delivery electric truck is already making history in tests in real operating conditions in São Paulo and will be the first electric heavy vehicle developed and produced in Brazil. In passenger transport, more pioneering: the company conducts engineering tests with the prototype e-Flex, buses with hybrid technology that can combine electric propulsion with flex engines or even CNG.
In addition to developing Brazilian technology solutions to meet global demands, with an eye on the global agenda for reducing emissions and seeking renewable energy matrices, VW Caminhões e Ônibus is betting on synergy with cars to move forward quickly. Proof of this is the e-Flex hybrid bus prototype. It is equipped with a 1.4 TSI engine, the same used in Volkswagen passenger cars, including the Golf GTE, a hybrid recently launched by VW do Brasil, a company that bears the same logo as VW Caminhões e Ônibus, both members of the Volkswagen Group.
In addition to the propellant, VW Caminhões e Ônibus share passenger car components, integrating the VW Group's solutions into the commercial vehicle portfolio. Electronic and exhaust systems, engine control and a series of keys are common to the e-Flex and Golf GTE hybrids.
In the e-Delivery electric truck, more similarities: when entering the vehicle the driver can feel at home when he sees the instrument panel, keys and a series of cab items common to the truck and VW cars. It is the comfort of a car with the robustness of an electric and technological truck.
“Integrating components and expanding the synergy between Volkswagen Group companies allows electrification to be applied rationally in the portfolio, from light to heavy, with the benefit of high volume and excellent performance to reduce costs. This way VW Caminhões e Ônibus reaffirms its pioneering spirit as the first to develop and produce an electric truck in Brazil", comments Rodrigo Chaves, VW Caminhões e Ônibus' Vice-President of Engineering.
Volkswagen do Brasil plans to launch six hybrid or electric models by 2023 in South America. The Golf GTE, launched in late 2019, is the first model in this electrification strategy in the region.
e-Delivery: already on the streets of São Paulo
VW Caminhões e Ônibus was the first manufacturer to test, in real operating conditions, an electric truck in Brazil. e-Delivery has traveled more than 22 thousand kilometers in engineering tests and real operating conditions in the city of São Paulo.
Thanks to this test, which began following the announcement, more than 16 tons of CO² have ceased to be emitted into the atmosphere and, until now, e-Delivery has stopped consuming an additional 5,000 liters of diesel. In addition, the electric truck is recharged with 100% of electric energy from clean sources such as wind and solar, 43% of its energy comes from the vehicle's own regenerative braking system.