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Volkswagen premieres electric truck

Another electrically powered distribution truck has been developed, with Volkswagen premiering the e-Delivery at its Innovation Day.

The announcement follows a recent declaration from Navistar and Volkswagen's Truck & Bus division that it would be fast-tracking technology product development, including an electric truck, integrated powertrain and connectivity initiatives.

According to Volkswagen, the e-Delivery is a modern truck for urban logistics designed to improve sustainability in the delivery of goods that will be built at Volkswagen Caminhões e Onibus in Brazil, with series production expected in 2020.

“The e-Delivery marks a milestone in the history of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus," said Roberto Cortes, CEO of MAN Latin America.

"This is a brand-new platform that was developed in Brazil with the aim of offering new mobility alternatives to large cities.”

Referring to the possibility for an electric heavy-duty truck, Volkwagen said modern-day battery technology still has a serious hurdle to overcome.

"Meeting the necessary energy requirements would disproportionately reduce load capacity," the company said.

"However, alternatives do exist. These include combustion engines powered by gas or biodiesel. Running engines on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a solution that holds great future potential for long-haul transportation."

Volkwagen also revealed that initiatives are under way to find a different way to electrify heavy-duty trucks to make sure that their range and load capacity can become suitable for long-haul traffic, such as electric roads, or 'e-roads'.

“Volkswagen Truck & Bus has announced its aim of becoming number one in the field of alternative drive systems,” said CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus and Volkswagen AG Board Member responsible for commercial vehicles, Andreas Renschler.

“The company already has a broadly diversified portfolio, which offers the best possible foundation for this endeavour.”

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