As electrification stretches far and wide across the automotive industry, markets such as heavy-duty vehicles are on the rise. To help tackle the challenges it brings and deliver electrification to new regions, an e-mobility consortium has been established between Semcon and Volkswagen in Brazil.
Semcon Brazil, a technology development company, will provide its expertise to Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus to develop the e-Delivery truck as the first step.
The consortium, which was announced on October 13, involves a cooperation in which Semcon will be the engineering partner, with expertise in electrification, mechanics, product engineering and structural analyses. Semcon will support VWCO Engineering in the main development activities such as CAD, FESA, prototypes and testing.
The first vehicle developed within the framework of the e-consortium is an e-Delivery truck from Volkswagen, a small truck with the capacity to transport up to 14 tonnes. The truck will have a range of 100km and brakes that charge the batteries while driving. The first e-Delivery truck is planned to be out on the roads during next year.
”There is no doubt that with this announcement we are yet again making history. VWCO was the first company to demonstrate and test an electric-powered truck in Brazil under real operating conditions. And now, with the worldwide announcement of the e-Consortium business model, we are joining forces with companies like Semcon, which are leading the way in developing electric mobility,” comments Roberto Cortes, president and CEO at Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.