VW e-Delivery: Tests At Full Throttle On The Final Stretch For Responsible Launch

  • Evaluations of large numbers: more than 100 different tests, with mileage equivalent to about 400 thousand km
  • There are more than 50 professionals involved with the largest fleet of electric trucks under test in the country
  • Vehicles run with more than 250 instrumented points for data acquisition
  • An infrastructure of its fast recharge chargers supports the vehicles to roll in three shifts a day, seven days a week

The first 100% electric truck developed and tested in Brazil faces more than 100 tests towards the commercial launch scheduled for this year. Always tested at its limits, from extreme temperatures to electromagnetic interference analysis, there are more than 100 different assessments that will correspond to the equivalent of about 400 thousand kilometers to prove the efficiency and reliability of the vehicle in all types of conditions.

(PRNewsfoto / Volkswagen Trucks and Buses)

“The market already knows the reliability and robustness of our brand and our dealer network. The launch of the electric truck follows the same rigor of all our vehicles to guarantee the necessary safety in the operation with the best energy consumption and product reliability. At the same time, we have advanced in all the preparation in the factory infrastructure and training the entire chain involved in the business for the commercial debut with the responsibility that everyone already knows about VW Caminhões e Ônibus “, says Roberto Cortes , president and CEO of the automaker.

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Behind all this research and development, there is the largest fleet of electrical prototypes for ongoing tests in the country and a team of more than 50 professionals directly involved in the execution, data acquisition and evaluation of the results. Over the past two and a half years, VW electric vehicles run with more than 250 points of instrumentation to monitor the specific performance of each new component.

To enrich the result, e-Delivery trucks travel routes in the city of São Paulo, but also in the region of the factory in the South of Rio de Janeiro, with real traffic conditions. In addition, all work is accelerated with simulations in the proving ground of VWCO’s worldwide development center, located at the factory in Resende (RJ).

An infrastructure of high-power chargers, with different models, was set up to support validation and testing at an accelerated pace. The vehicles run 24 hours a day in three shifts, seven days a week, with the aim of accumulating maximum mileage before they finally reach customers and the streets.

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In addition to numerous new and specific safety tests for the vehicle’s high voltage systems, developed following the most rigorous international standards, the VWCO electric undergoes traditional assessments of development, durability and performance, just like any new model of the brand. All the work is done to guarantee the launch with the responsibility that always governs the performance of VW Trucks and Buses.

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