Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus to co-develop an electric-powered, medium-duty vehicle
Navistar International Corp. announced that it expects a number of new product offerings and integrations with alliance partner Volkswagen Truck & Bus, including plans to develop an electric-powered, medium-duty vehicle for the company's U.S. and Canada market.
"Our alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus is allowing us to move much more quickly into electric propulsion thanks to our ability to leverage their technology investments and components in segments of the market where we're already a leader," said Troy A. Clarke, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Navistar. "We believe the Class 6/7 vehicle is ideal for electric powertrain solutions in the near term, given its abundance of packaging space, and that these vehicles typically run short distances and can depot to recharge at the end of the day."
Navistar expects to be in a position to launch its first medium-duty electric powered vehicle in late 2019 or early 2020. The company also confirmed that it is collaborating with its alliance partner on introducing fully integrated, next-generation diesel big bore powertrains for North America, launching in 2021.
Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus also announced their intention to converge their connectivity activities—OnCommand Connection and RIO, Volkswagen Truck & Bus's digital brand—to a Volkswagen Truck & Bus global connected vehicle platform. The first step will be the adoption of common, in-cab connecting device hardware. The companies’ goal is to create a global connected platform covering roughly 650,000 vehicles worldwide, "making it the world's largest global ecosystem for commercial vehicles, once the migration is completed," Clarke said.
Volkswagen Truck & Bus expects to launch the platform by the end of the year, which will be the basis for the cooperation.
"Future transportation will massively be building on connectivity, as this will make our world much more efficient," said Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus. "The ecosystem we are about to create with our common platform will drive our strategic alliance to the next level."