Brazilian Brewery to Convert 1/3 of Delivery Fleet to Electric Trucks

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And Volkswagen scores an order for 1,600 trucks as a result.

After all, there are very, very few electric trucks on the roads today. So early, large-scale orders could make a significant difference in kickstarting electrification in an extremely fuel hungry sector of the economy.

It's fair to say, then, that news that Brazilian brewer Ambev has placed a gigantic 1,600 electric truck order with Volkswagen should be considered as extremely significant. The move means that by 2023, 35% of Ambev's fleet will no longer have any direct tailpipe emissions. But even this impressive feat sells the announcement short because Ambev has also committed to charging those trucks from 100% renewable sources like wind and solar too.

I've said it before, but stories about the electrification of freight transport are particularly encouraging from where I sit. For while we really can go along way toward car-free communities, I have a hard time imagining a world where we no longer need to move stuff around. Even in a world where we do manage to reduce our consumption of material goods, and where we shift as much freight to (electrified) rail and ships as possible, I suspect trucks will still play an important role in our overall transportation system.

The sooner we can electrify them, the better.