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VW Caminhões e Ônibus and CPFL close partnership for R&D in electric mobility

July 27 2020

The objective is to create an Electrical Mobility laboratory in Indaiatuba (SP), which includes the replacement of the fleet of service vehicles by its electrical equivalents  

VW Caminhões e Ônibus and CPFL Energia, one of the largest private groups in the electricity sector, have just signed a partnership to boost the electrification of electric mobility in Brazil. Together, the companies will work on a research and development project, with the objective of creating an Electric Mobility laboratory in Indaiatuba (SP), a region where CPFL has one of its operational headquarters. A pilot project will be developed there that contemplates the electrification of 100% of the operational vehicle fleet and the development of an intelligent recharging system for electric fleets.

 “Electromobility is one of the pillars of the TRATON GROUP, which includes VW Caminhões e Ônibus. That is why we have joined forces to make viable the production and application of the first electric trucks developed and made in Brazil," said Roberto Cortes, president and CEO of VW Caminhões e Ônibus.

 “The Indaiatuba initiative encompasses a series of structuring projects in CPFL's innovation area in the field of electric mobility. We are working with a long-term vision, in order to identify trends and paths for new business in a scenario of market changes”, comments Renato Povia, Director of Strategy and Innovation for CPFL.

 Povia recalls that CPFL closed the “Emotive” project in 2018, one of the most complete assessments of the impacts of electric mobility in Brazil. Over five years, the study proposed a business model for the infrastructure of recharging stations for the customer, which would enable the expansion of the number of electroposts (EP) throughout the country and stimulate the increase in users of electric vehicles (EV).

 “By 2024 CPFL has plans to invest more than R$ 96 million in projects to promote electric mobility in Brazil through Research and Development projects promoted by ANEEL (National Electric Energy Agency), and the Indaiatuba project in partnership with VW Caminhões e Ônibus is part of this initiative ”, concludes Povia. 

In addition to providing the e-Delivery electric trucks that will be used in this project, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus will be responsible for engineering services, such as data collection, driver training, safety guidance, tracking of rollovers, support in the development of implements and studies related to the operation of trucks.

 The project also has the participation of companies responsible for the development and application of systems that support the operation of CPFL:

  • Siemens: development and application of vehicle chargers, as well as the intelligent charging systemo  
  • SENAI CIMATEC (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial e Centro Integrado de Manufatura e Tecnologia): development and application of bodies considering 100% electric implements for vehicles, such as aerial basket for maintenance of the electrical networko   
  • GESEL / UFRJ (Grupo de Estudos do Setor Elétrico/ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro): academic arm of the project, which will carry out studies on environmental impacts, regulation and incentives, user experience, among others.

About VW Caminhões e Ônibus

A member of TRATON Group, is the manufacturer of the commercial vehicles Volkswagen and MAN, VW Caminhões e Ônibus is one of the largest automakers of trucks and buses in Latin America. Since 1981, when it started operations, reaching the top of the market, respecting and satisfying customers' needs, has always been the focus of the automaker. That is exactly what it offers its customers: bespoke products and excellent after-sales service. The company is also a reference in technological innovations. The company always seeks solutions that reduce the environmental impact and help to preserve the environment. For more than 35 years, the manufacturer has maintained its commitment to develop vehicles that exceed customer requirements - wherever they run, whether on Brazilian, Latin American or African roads.

 About CPFL Energia

CPFL Energia, for 107 years in the electricity sector, operates in the distribution, generation, commercialization and services. Since January 2017, the Group has been part of State Grid, a Chinese state-owned company that is the fifth largest business organization in the world and the largest electricity company, serving 88% of the Chinese territory and with operations in Italy, Australia, Portugal, Philippines and Hong Kong.

With a 14% share, CPFL Energia is one of the largest companies in the distribution market, totaling more than 9.8 million customers in 696 cities, between the states of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais and Paraná. In commercialization, it is one of the leaders in the free market, with a market share of 4%. It is a leader in the sale of incentive energy to free customers among the traders.

In generation, it is the third largest private agent in the country, with a portfolio based on clean and renewable sources, such as large hydroelectric plants, wind farms, biomass thermal plants, Small Hydroelectric Plants (SHPs) and solar plant. Considering the shareholding in CPFL Renováveis (99.94%), the largest generation company in Latin America from alternative energy sources, the CPFL Group's installed capacity reached 4,304 MW, at the end of September 2019.

CPFL Energia has shares listed on B3's Novo Mercado. The Group also occupies a prominent position in art and culture, among the largest Brazilian investors, through the CPFL Institute.