Electric vehicle development is moving at a rapidly increasing pace. There is great potential for heavy-duty vehicles, but it involves different and challenging demands. Within the framework of an e-Mobility-consortium, Semcon Brazil is entering a partnership with Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus to develop the e-Delivery truck as the first step.
”At Semcon, we contribute to a better climate through the products and solutions we develop for our customers. This new partnership is a further example of how we can make a difference – both for our customers and for the environment – by using our technological expertise”, says Markus Granlund, CEO at Semcon.
The consortium involves a cooperation in which Semcon will be the engineering partner, with expertise in electrification, mechanics, product engineering and structural analyses amongst other. Semcon will support VWCO Engineering in the main development activities such as CAD, FESA, prototypes and testing.
The first vehicle developed within the framework of the e-consortium is an e-Delivery truck from Volkswagen, a small truck with the capacity to transport up to 14 tonnes. The truck will have a range of 100 kilometres and brakes that charge the batteries while driving. The first e-Delivery truck is planned to be out on the roads during next year.
”There is no doubt that with this announcement we are yet again making history. VWCO was the first company to demonstrate and test an electric-powered truck in Brazil under real operating conditions. And now, with the worldwide announcement of the e-Consortium business model, we are joining forces with companies like Semcon, which are leading the way in developing electric mobility," comments Roberto Cortes, President and CEO at Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.
Facts about the e-Mobility consortium
The cooperation was initiated by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus in order to develop products and services of the future within the framework of e-mobility. The consortium consists of initially six partners within different development areas such as product development and life-cycle management. The consortium was announced at a press conference at the Fenatran Trade Show on 13 October.
Semcon is an international technology company that develops products based on human needs and behaviours. We strengthen our customers’ competitiveness by always starting from the end user, because the person who knows most about the user’s needs creates the best products and the clearest benefits to humans. Semcon collaborates mainly with companies in the automotive, industry, energy and life science sectors. With more than 2,100 specialised employees, Semcon has the ability to take care of the entire product development cycle, from strategy and technology development to design and product information. Semcon was founded in Sweden in 1980 and has offices in over 30 locations in eight different countries. In 2018, the Group reported annual sales of SEK 1.8 billion. Read more on www.semcon.com