VW Caminhões e Ônibus starts the production of its first electric trucks e-Delivery in its factory-laboratory, installed in the productive complex located in Resende (RJ). The area, called Planta Piloto, is responsible for defining and confirming the production process and training the processes. Through this mapping, the adaptation of the lines that will house the serial production of the e-Delivery electric truck, unprecedented in the Resende plant and in Brazil, is being carried out.
The first vehicle that will leave the factory-laboratory is intended for training of the factory and the operators of the Modular Consortium and represents another step of the company for the development of the e-Consortium, a pioneering system through which the manufacturer will make, in series, the first Brazilian electric truck, developed by its engineering, in addition to enabling electric mobility in the country. It joins the other prototypes that carry out the largest engineering development and validation test in Brazil, with the objective of enabling the approval and start of production of e-Delivery.
The tests are also carried out in laboratories all over the country and in the VW Caminhões e Ônibus testing field, where specialized brand engineers conduct simulations to speed up the evaluation results. With a highly efficient project and the expertise of VWCO professionals, the track can represent, in a period of six months, the equivalent of ten years of normal running conditions.
“Just like 25 years ago, when our production process matured on an experimental line in Resende, we started to consolidate our know-how also in the manufacture of electric vehicles. And we have advanced in the development of a portfolio in this segment, focused on structural validation, durability and other functional requirements of the e-Delivery electric truck,” says Roberto Cortes, president and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.
In addition, teams dedicated to the production of e-Delivery are being trained for the specific demands of electric propulsion, such as battery assembly and commissioning of the high voltage vehicle. Commissioning is when the electric vehicle is energized for the first time, requiring specific procedures to deal with voltages greater than 600V. In addition, all the production teams are already being trained to learn to recognize and deal with the safety processes of this new product at the Resende plant.
The entire infrastructure of the VW Caminhões e Ônibus plant is also being updated for the new electrical reality: new chargers have just arrived, with the capacity to recharge the batteries of e-Delivery trucks within 1 hour. The equipment will be used to replenish the energy of the automaker's test vehicles, in action in the laboratory tests and certification runs before the start of series production.
VW Caminhões e Ônibus is the pioneer in the development and production in the design of a Brazilian electric truck and takes another step towards the development of the e-Consortium, which has as partner companies Bosch, CATL, Moura, Semcon, WEG, Meritor and Siemens. Together with VW Caminhões e Ônibus, they form a business model that provides from assembly to the charging infrastructure and battery life cycle management of electric trucks, leveraging the commitment of the entire supply chain in an integrated manner.
e-Consortium and Modular Consortium: new chapter in pioneering
The idea of the e-Consortium follows the model of the Modular Consortium, a production system unique in the world and revolutionary since its creation: in this model, seven suppliers share with VWCO the responsibility for assembling vehicles inside the factory, with increased productivity and levels of quality and cost reduction.
The e-Consortium is the next step. Precisely due to the demand for the feasibility of electrical technology, new partner companies enter this business model to expand their operations beyond the factory gates, wherever the client is. And this involves, for example, analysis and installation of terminals to recharge customers' garages, anywhere in Brazil.