VW launches ‘e-consortium’ for electric truck development03 October 2019

Volkswagen Caminhoes e Onibus (VWCO) has revealed plans to establish a new ‘e-consortium’ at its factory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to develop components for the manufacture of electric trucks, as well as charging infrastructure and support network for vehicle lifecycle management.

The announcement was made at a Traton Group innovation day, held in Sweden, on 2 October. Traton Group, formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus, owns the VWCO brand, along with MAN and Scania.

Partners within the e-consortium include: Siemens, for the charging infrastructure and equipment; CATL and Moura, for distribution and maintenance of battery packs; and Bosch, WEG and Semcon, for the development and supply of vehicle components.

The plan is to develop a “flexible architecture solution” to speed up development of electric commercial vehicles, says VWCO.

“Our team has conceived and built a pioneering technological configuration and a business model that will enable us to introduce our range of commercial electric vehicles on the world’s transport market,” said Roberto Cortes, chief executive of VWCO.

Laura Cork

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