Brazil-based Ambev Brewery has announced that by 2023, it will use 1,600 electric trucks made by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO) to transport beverages. Once the new e-trucks are in service, about 35% of the brewery’s fleet will consist of “clean energy-powered vehicles.”
The first truck to join the electric fleet will be the VW e-Delivery – an electric version of the Delivery light truck. Ambev will begin on-road testing later this year. Ambev says the new truck will be recharged with 100% renewable power.
The prototype for the e-Delivery was developed in partnership with Eletra. The e-Delivery powertrain will be available on both 9- and 11-ton models. It is equipped with the new WEG AL160 electric motor, which delivers 80 kW (109 hp) of power and maximum torque of 493 N·m. It features an Allison automatic transmission and LiFePO4 battery packs.
Auxiliary systems such as the air compressor, air conditioning, steering pump and water pump are powered by independent electric motors, optimizing the traction capacity of the main engine. Shafts, suspension, chassis, wheels and tires share common components with the legacy Delivery platform.
The e-Delivery has a range of up to 124 miles, depending on the application and configuration of the vehicle.
VWCO will produce the VW e-Delivery along with its partners in the Modular Consortium at its plant in Resende, Brazil.
Source: Green Car Congress