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Volkswagen (VW) Caminhões e Ônibus and and CBMM, the latter a leading company in the production and sale of Niobium-based products, have signed a partnership aimed at encouraging electric mobility. The agreement aims to develop and apply ultra-fast recharge batteries for use in electric vehicles designed by the automaker. The use of niobium for this purpose is unprecedented in the global automotive industry. Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, part of the TRATON Group, will use its expertise to establish the behavior of these batteries in the vehicle, with all the safety and quality parameters to achieve the expected performance. The company is quite active in the development of electric trucks.

VW Caminhões e Ônibus and CBMM: statements from the two parties

«For the past three years, we have been accumulating experience in electrification and now we will apply this expertise to enable a new battery technology. Our e-Mobility development center in Resende will use our patented modular architecture for electric vehicles to expand the platform, which started with e-Delivery, and is now moving towards new models. This alliance with CBMM will be another important link towards the mobility of the future. Our objective is to create an ultra-fast recharge solution, pioneer in Latin America», stated Roberto Cortes, President and CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.

«This partnership shows what two great global companies can do when they work together. Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus’ experience in the production of commercial vehicles, added to our knowledge in the development of innovative technologies with Niobium, result in an important step towards transforming the way we move, contributing to a more sustainable mobility», replied Ricardo Lima, Vice President of CBMM.

The vehicles will be developed and built by VWCO

In addition to the battery interface and parameters, the automaker will develop and manufacture the 100% electric vehicles that will be used in this project. During the testing phase, VWCO will monitor and acquire real-time data, conducting vehicle application studies. It is also in charge of implementing the ultra-fast charging infrastructure and preparing the entire chain with driver training, safety guidelines and support in the development of bodies. To realize all these benefits in the application, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus will develop the controls for operating the Niobium battery in the vehicle.

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