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VW e-Delivery electric truck exceeds 30 thousand kilometers in tests in partnership with Ambev

August 20 2020
  • In about two years of testing, more than 22 tons of CO² are no longer emitted into the atmosphere and, so far, e-Delivery has stopped consuming more than 6,500 liters of diesel;
  • Electric truck is recharged with 100% electric energy from clean sources, and 43% of its energy comes from the vehicle's own regenerative brake system;
  • The e-Delivery routine had to be modified in pandemic times: a vehicle was called to reinforce deliveries in supermarkets;
  • e-Delivery was also called for actions to combat Covid-19, such as the donation of 1 million liters of alcohol in gel made to public hospitals in São Paulo.

VW Caminhões e Ônibus and Cervejaria Ambev maintain their commitment to sustainable distribution. In addition to signing a global cooperation term for the development of an electric mobility business model, the two work together in the operation of the e-Delivery electric truck, which has just surpassed the milestone of 30 thousand kilometers covered in engineering tests and in real-time distribution in the city of São Paulo, delivering drinks from brands such as Skol, Brahma, Antarctica and AMA water.

The tests began about two years ago, after the Cervejaria Ambev announced that it will have more than 1/3 of the partner fleet composed of at least 1,600 Volkswagen electric trucks by 2023, the biggest announcement of its kind in the world. Since then, more than 22 tons of CO² have stopped being emitted into the atmosphere and, so far, e-Delivery has stopped consuming more than 6,500 liters of diesel. In addition, the electric truck is recharged with 100% electric energy from clean sources, such as wind and solar, 43% of its energy comes from the vehicle's own regenerative brake system.

“The Covid-19 world pandemic imposed many challenges on the whole of society, which promoted route adjustments. And yet, we maintained our commitment to innovation and advances in sustainable mobility, a topic that remains a priority at VW Caminhões e Ônibus”, says Roberto Cortes, President and CEO of VW Caminhões e Ônibus.

With the restriction of the operation of bars and restaurants and, on the other hand, the greater demand for supply in supermarkets, the routine of the e-Delivery electric truck also had to be modified in times of Covid-19. For this reason, the vehicle was called to reinforce Ambev's beverage deliveries, including AMA water, in addition to juices, soft drinks and others, in supermarkets in the capital of São Paulo.

The route, which previously comprised only daily trips between the central and southern regions of the city, now varies according to the day's demand. The loaded truck leaves the company's Distribution Center, in Mooca, and visits different regions of the city.During this period, e-Delivery was also called for actions to combat Covid-19. For example, for the donation of 1 million liters of gel alcohol made to public hospitals. In São Paulo, the vehicle participated in the delivery task force.

Anderson Campos, driver of the electric truck, says that the vehicle arouses curiosity at the new delivery points. “People are seeing e-Delivery up close for the first time, so they are surprised with the fact that it's different and doesn't make noise. The customers of the bars and restaurants were already used to it,”says Anderson, who delivers according to the standards recommended by health authorities.

“The results have been very positive. In addition to the results for the environment, the vehicle also has a low maintenance index and, consequently, high availability, something that undoubtedly counted points in such challenging times and when urban distribution was highlighted in demand and vital importance,” comments Daniel Sgarbi, Director of Sustainability and Supplies at Ambev.

The companies' objective is to join forces to enable the use of electric propulsion in the urban distribution of products and create a benchmarking on sustainability for the global logistics market, contemplating the operation of the VW e-Delivery truck and its supply through sustainable energy sources.

Proof of this is the installation of solar panels in one of Ambev's largest Distribution Centers, located in the historic building of Mooca, on the east side of São Paulo, where the company's first brewery was located in Brazil. Daily, the vehicle leaves loaded with drinks and crosses the city towards the South zone of the São Paulo capital, to supply the popular route of bars and restaurants in neighborhoods such as Itaim and Vila Madalena.

In addition, Cervejaria Ambev is opening more than 30 solar plants throughout Brazil, which will produce enough electricity to supply 100% of the company's 94 distribution centers across the country. Thus, 100% of the electric trucks that provide service to Cervejaria Ambev will be powered by renewable energy when the fleet is complete.

e-Delivery and Ambev

e-Delivery is the first 100% electric light truck in Latin America with zero CO2, NOX and particulate matter emissions. The solution is aligned with the policy of development and promotion of clean technologies of the Grupo TRATON (TRATON Group), of which VW Caminhões e Ônibus is part, and Cervejaria Ambev.

Developed in Brazil, e-Delivery offers state-of-the-art solutions for green logistics, such as intelligent systems to adjust the battery demand according to the operation and to recover the braking energy. The trucks can reach a range of up to 200 kilometers, depending on the application and the configuration of the vehicle. The noise level is extremely low when compared to traditional models, improving the comfort of the driver and his assistants in the operation.

With the partnership between Cervejaria Ambev and Volkswagen, 1,600 electric VW trucks will be used in the distribution of drinks by 2023. This means that more than 1/3 of the fleet serving the brewery will consist of vehicles powered by clean energy, ceasing to emit more than 30.4 thousand tons of carbon in its logistics chain per year.

The partnership is a milestone in the history of the two companies. Working together represents an important step towards a future that is increasingly less dependent on fossil fuels and aims to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fleet that serves Cervejaria Ambev. In just three years, the company has already reduced this rate by 33.9%.