Navistar with alliance partner Volkswagen Truck & Bus is planning to develop an electric-powered, medium-duty vehicle for the company’s Core market i.e. U.S. and Canada. The company may launch its first medium-duty electric powered vehicle in late 2019 or early 2020.
Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus also will also 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. This would serve as a major step toward creating a global connected platform – covering roughly 650,000 vehicles worldwide. Volkswagen Truck & Bus also plans to launch the cloud-based, brand-independent platform by the end of the year, which will be the basis for the cooperation.