Volkswagen launches first electric truck developed and manufactured in Brazil

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 15, 2021

Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus has launched e-Delivery, the first electric truck fully developed and manufactured in Brazil.

The heavy vehicle manufacturer, which has a plant in the Brazilian city of Resende, launched in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with the e-Delivery initially offered in 11- and 14-ton versions.

Coca-Cola FEMSA Brasil acquired a batch of 20 units of the 14-ton model.

“With e-Delivery, we once again showed our purpose of leaving a legacy of environmental awareness for future generations,” said Roberto Cortes, president and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.

“Because our biggest commitment has always been to people. They are at the centre of our concerns in 40 years of history. Therefore, we salute Coca-Cola FEMSA Brasil, which operates in 48% of the Brazilian territory, for the initiative of the first purchase in this launch, which will revolutionise urban cargo transport,” he said.

With the acquisition, Coca-Cola FEMSA Brasil reinforces its sustainability pillar and sustainable mobility strategy, which aims to reduce the impact of beverage distribution:

“Our goal is to be leaders in sustainable mobility, generating a significant reduction in emissions of pollutants. This initiative adds to other efficiency and technology actions already adopted over the last few years in our operations,” said Ian Craig, CEO of the company, adding that the 20 units of the e-Delivery will go into operation by the end of this year.

The new models will help reduce Coca-Cola FEMSA Brasil emissions 12.6 tons of carbon dioxide per year, an impact equivalent to the planting of 2,232 trees.