Brazilian brewing company Ambev is adding 1,600 battery-electric trucks from Volkswagen, which was triggered by a government policy that applied a new fixed minimum freight fare for diesel truckers.
The EV trucks will be with 20 logistics companies that distribute the company’s products and will replace older trucks, according to Reuters.
Earlier this year, an 11-day strike by tens of thousands of self-employed truckers angry at a 10% increase in diesel fuel prices blocked major roads across 19 of Brazil’s 26 states, preventing the delivery of food, fuel, medicines, and other goods that are transported over the road. (Editor’s note: Please check back soon on our global page for our overview on the state of the Brazilian Fleet market in the upcoming Global Fleet Market Conditions Q3 2018 report, sponsored by General Motors.)
The strike forced the Brazilian government to instill new laws, including establishing a minimum fare for freight to be paid to diesel truckers, reports Reuters. Electric vehicles are exempt from the price minimums.
The EV trucks will make up 35% of Ambev’s fleet, according to Inside EVs. It’s not yet known what type of trucks Volkswagen will supply.