Volkswagen Constellation 25.420 copy

The Volkswagen brand of heavy trucks may not be present in India, its group companies MAN and Scania are present. It may be too soon to predict if they will profit from the Group’s move to invest Euro 1.4 billion in new technologies by 2022, including electric trucks and buses. Volkswagen will spend money to develop electric drives, autonomous vehicles and cloud-based systems. While a spin-off of Volkswagen’s trucks business is said to be under consideration, the move to electrify commercial vehicles is in-line with the rising regulatory pressure on auto makers the world over to develop vehicles that have zero tail pipe emissions. Navistar International Corp. and Volkswagen Truck & Bus announced plans recently to collaborate on electric vehicles. They are expected to launch an electric medium duty truck in North America by late 2019. Volkswagen competitor, Daimler has already launched an electric medium duty truck under its Fuso brand in North America. It has supplied the truck to UPS to carry out last mile deliveries in New York.

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