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Behind the scenes of the historic launch of e-Delivery

  • Investment exceeded BRL 150 million
  • The equivalent of more than 400,000 kilometers run in one hundred different tests
  • Brazilian team made up of 150 engineers and technicians


A milestone in Brazilian and international engineering, the launch of the first electric truck 100% developed in Brazil hits the market with a long history of large numbers. It involves the expertise of more than 150 Brazilian professionals dedicated to the project, over four years of development, with an investment of over R$ 150 million to make the first 100% electric truck produced in Brazil feasible.


e-Delivery faced more than 100 different types of tests for a safe and responsible launch, facing severe tests on special tracks, in addition to immersion simulating flooded areas. In this journey, which ranged from extreme temperatures of -20°C to +55°C to electromagnetic interference assessments, he covered the equivalent of about 400,000 kilometers to prove the vehicle's efficiency and reliability in all types of conditions.


Behind all this research and development is the largest fleet of electrical prototypes for tests in progress in Brazil, running in three shifts a day, seven days a week, and with a team of about 50 professionals directly involved in the tests for its execution, data acquisition and evaluation of results.


Tests inside and outside the factory


To enrich the result, the e-Delivery trucks traveled routes in the city of São Paulo, and in the region of the plant in Sul Fluminense, with real traffic conditions. In addition, all the work was accelerated with field simulations at VWCO's global e-Mobility center, located at the factory in Resende (RJ).


In climate chambers, with dynamometers and in real tests in different regions and countries, the e-Delivery faced from -20°C to +55°C to ensure operation in extreme temperatures. The entire refrigeration and heating system for the batteries, as well as the component cooling and air conditioning system, were put to the test.


Due to its electronic architecture superior to that of a diesel-powered vehicle, the VW electric truck was subjected to a specific analysis to ensure that there was no electromagnetic interference in the model's electronics.


Unprecedented tests for this type of vehicle, such as the test passing through flooded areas, reinforced and confirmed all the robustness of the solution designed by Resende engineering, confirming its risk-free operation under these conditions as well.


In addition, numerous new safety and specific tests for the vehicle's high voltage systems have been developed following the strictest international standards. The VWCO electric has undergone traditional development, durability and performance tests, just like any new model from the brand. All the work was done to ensure the launch with the responsibility that always governs the performance of VW Caminhões e Ônibus.

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