Hannover Show 2018: The 67th IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show (Part 1)
Mercedes-Benz, TRATON, MAN, Scania, Volvo, and Renault Trucks
The 67th IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show was held in Hannover, Germany from September 20 to 27, 2018. The theme of this show was “Driving Tomorrow.” An overview of the exhibitions by major commercial vehicle manufacturers is as follows:
◎ Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Scania: Announcement of mass-produced EV trucks for short distances (including plug-in hybrids).
◎ Scania, and Iveco: Showcased its powertrain series utilizing alternative fuels such as LNG, CNG, and biodiesel.
◎ Mercedes-Benz, ZF, and Bosch: Announcement of mass-produced digitalization element technology such as digital cockpits.
◎ Volvo, DAF, and Renault Trucks: Exhibition of various memorial models.
(Left) Source: VDA (Right) Photographed by reporter
According to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), this show promoted the driving forces behind future innovations in commercial vehicles such as digitalization, connectivity, autonomous driving, and alternative powertrains. These elements will help bring about new opportunities to make mobility smoother and more efficient in various regions, such as major urban areas. Additionally, the connectivity of various transport modes in the logistics chain will be improved and will contribute to the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. However, the VDA sees the European Commission’s proposal to reduce truck CO2 emissions by at least 30% by 2030 and 15% by 2025 as unrealistic because product development cycles are becoming longer.
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Trends in the European commercial vehicle market, Hannover commercial vehicle show overview
(Above) Source: VDA (Below) Photographed by reporter
Trends in the European commercial vehicle market (mid-size (GVW of 6 tons or more) to large-size vehicles)
1) In 2017, 3.6 million commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 6 tons or more were sold around the world, indicating healthy sales. The growth rate of these vehicles was 18% in the U.S., 8% in China, and 2% in Western Europe, and included rapid growth in Brazil and India.
2) Transport quantities in Western Europe are expected to increase. From January to July 2018, the truck market saw a year-over-year (y/y) increase of 2% to 176,000 vehicles. When looking at the growth rate in major countries, almost all indicated positive growth, with 10% in Italy, 7% in France, 5% in Spain, and 1% in Germany, with the exception of the U.K., which saw a negative growth of 8%, continuing its downward trend. As online shopping continues to grow rapidly, the demand for trucks is expected to remain high, from long-distance to urban collection and delivery that will continue after 2018. Demand for trucks is expected to remain high until 2020.
3) Regarding the form long-distance vehicles will take, long trailer trucks with a length of 21 to 25 meters are rare in continental Europe, but 15 to 18-meter trailer diesel trucks with a GCW of 36 to 39 tons will continue to be the norm. Alternative fuel vehicles using LNG or CNG recently are being spotted in the suburbs of urban areas. Many Benz and MAN trucks are often seen on the German domestic expressway (Autobahn), followed by Volvo, DAF, and Scania, in that order.
(Photographed by reporter, the same hereinafter)
2018 Hannover show overview
1) Full redesigns: There were no full model changes exhibited by the major commercial vehicle manufacturers where the interior or exterior of the trucks were fully redesigned.
- Commercial vehicles manufactured in Turkey by Ford of Europe appeared at the show for the first time, with Ford exhibiting the new large-size tractor equipped with an original engine, and winning the 2019 European Truck of the Year award.
- BMC, which has conventionally exhibited its domestically manufactured vehicles on a small scale, exhibited the full lineup of its models using its new cab that was fully redesigned in-house.
- VW exhibited its new compact truck as well as an electric truck as a reference exhibit.
2) Technical trends: As a global trend, commercial vehicles are increasingly becoming focused on electrification and connectivity.
- In particular, powertrains such as mass-produced EVs (all EV trucks), hybrids, and plug-in hybrids are equipped on the light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty trucks of various OEMs.
- Many major suppliers held technical exhibitions of systems that combine transport efficiency and safety with electrification elements. As for electrification powertrain element technology, electrification platforms, hybrid-related technology, and electric power steering were exhibited. Additionally, both automakers and suppliers showcased digital mirrors and digital instrument panels.
3) Eco-friendliness: Scania and Iveco exhibited their expanded series of short-distance, urban collection and delivery vehicles using LNG, CNG, biogas, and other natural energy sources.
4) Safety: Mercedes-Benz equipped its Actros with a touch panel display-controlled “multimedia digital cockpit” and digital mirrors. Scania has equipped all of its urban cabs with small windows on the doors to increase pedestrian visibility, in line with its Japanese-specification cabs. Moreover, following Mercedes-Benz, all automakers are serializing low floor cab vehicles for their urban delivery trucks, and have incorporated vehicle vicinity proximity detection alerts and lane-keeping devices.
5) Alliances in the commercial vehicle industry: To compete with Mercedes-Benz, VW has established a commercial vehicle business group named TRATON with its subsidiaries MAN, Scania, International, and RIO (transport service). Hino Motors, the group’s partner, was included in the group exhibition this time, and exhibited the Poncho compact EV bus. Previously, Scania had its own exhibition space, but at this event, it was located next to MAN’s booth in the spacious VW hall. Mercedes-Benz, VW, and Volvo (including Renault Trucks) held group exhibitions, while Iveco and DAF held individual exhibitions.
6) Concept models
- Large-size electric low floor cabin delivery vehicles (MAN)
- Urban light-duty trucks that utilize an electrified platform, where they can swap out cabins or multipurpose spaces and other body types (Benz, Renault Trucks)
Mercedes-Benz (Daimler): eActros EV truck, eCitaro EV bus, EV concept in which the body can be swapped with a passenger vehicle/cargo vehicle
As in past years, Mercedes-Benz’s exhibition booth had representative vehicles from its group subsidiaries at the entrance and exhibited almost all vehicles in its lineup from light-duty to heavy-duty trucks, including Fuso Trucks and Setra (buses) vehicles, using all of the space at the expansive exhibition hall 15. It’s CASE (connected, autonomous driving, sharing, and electrification) technical policy, which has already been implemented in its passenger vehicles, is also being implemented in its commercial vehicles.
Major exhibition content are as follows:
- The new Actros, featuring a digital cockpit utilizing mass-produced digital outside mirrors
- The eActros urban delivery EV truck
- The new eCitaro EV commuter bus
The above models are all mass-produced.
- A light-duty urban EV concept vehicle that features body capsules that can be swapped to become either a passenger vehicle or a commercial vehicle.
- Exhibition of the Fuso Canter series, including the eCanter, as well as heavy-duty trucks previously exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017.
New Actros (Releasing in 2019)
All Actros models are equipped with the latest safety support systems and a multimedia digital cockpit.
Actros 1863LS EDITION 1
Pictured above is a special exclusive version model of the new Actros, limited to 400 vehicles. The vehicle is equipped with a multimedia digital cockpit, featuring digital mirrors (rear-view monitor cameras) that will be equipped as standard on Actros models in the future. The base is the GigaSpace cab, the flagship model of the Actros lineup, featuring a high-cab, flat floor layout. The vehicle features the OM473 engine (16-liter inline-6 with a maximum output of 625 hp and a maximum torque of 3000 N m) with a GVW of 18 tons. In addition to a new cockpit, the vehicle also comes equipped with assorted safety features, developed as a result of advanced research. Five new models were also exhibited alongside this one.
1) Active Drive Assist (ADA) Level 2 semi-autonomous driving technology: A proximity control assist system mated with automated stop-and-go pedal work and a lane-keeping support system.
2) Active Brake Assist (ABA), capable of detecting pedestrians on the passenger side: ABA is a multi-layered warning system that detects pedestrians in dangerous areas around the vehicle and controls emergency braking.
3) Sideguard Assist (SGA), capable of detecting objects in the side monitoring zone within the driver’s blind spot (announced in 2016).
4) In addition to the above, this special exclusive model includes six packages such as interior equipment and interior/exterior high-brightness lighting.
The multimedia digital cockpit features 10 cm×30 cm digital mirrors in the left and right pillars. The new Actros’ instrument panels and switches, as well as its digital mirrors are displayed on the monitor screen, visualizing driving information and various safety support systems, and thereby increasing safety and operability as well as comfort.
As a result of development cooperation with Bosch, screen monitor technology featured on Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class to C-Class passenger vehicles is utilized in the Actros.
At this IAA, Mercedes-Benz exhibited heavy-duty trucks, light-duty trucks, and mass-produced EV commuter buses.
eActros: Mass production models of the EV truck exhibited at the 2016 IAA scheduled for production in 2021.
In 2016, Mercedes-Benz announced a 6×2 triple-axle EV truck prototype and exhibited a concept model at the IAA show in the fall of the same year. The automaker has incorporated improvement results gained from its prototype and showed a 4×2 twin axle refrigerator van at this IAA named the eActros, a model very similar to what the production model will be like. In the future, the triple-axle vehicle will be utilized for user road testing, and the automaker will aim to commence mass production in three years.
The base vehicle is a 4×2 twin-axle, semi-long M-cab (a wheelbase of 5.5 meters, GVW 18 tons, cab width 2.3 meters). The chassis features a body-detaching mechanism and a tailgate that can be retracted into the chassis to meet user requirements. The rear body is a detachable, Schmitz refrigerator body.
The heart of the eActros was also on display. Two rear-axle motors, a battery pack, inverter, and charging port are attached to a multi-hole modular frame. See the image below for detailed specs.
eAxle: A motor is attached to the left and right wheels of the rear axle (170 hp, made by ZF). The rear axle features air suspension.
Battery pack: The vehicle is equipped with two sets of 240 kWh battery packs, capable of a range of roughly 200 km on a single charge.
Charging socket port (right side of the vehicle)
Vision URBANETIC Concept Model
At recent IAA shows (Hannover and Frankfurt), Mercedes-Benz has exhibited concept models based on its CASE policy. This year, the automaker exhibited concept commercial vehicles utilizing new platforms for electrification and autonomous driving, and a light-duty urban EV concept vehicle that incorporates two capsules allowing the vehicle to be swapped for use as a commercial vehicle or passenger vehicle.
The Vision Urbanetic features a new platform aiming for Level 5 fully autonomous driving, utilizing the characteristics unique to EVs. The body is available in two interchangeable pods, from a swappable capsule that can seat twelve passengers targeted at ride sharing, or for autonomous cargo carrying equipment (capable of carrying 10 Euro pallets, 99 cubic meters). Mercedes-Benz seeks to realize creative city lifestyles with zero environmental burden.
(Above) An egg-shaped capsule passenger vehicle
(Below) A cargo capsule, created in the image of an aluminum alloy suitcase
The platform alone is capable of autonomous driving.
Specs or details regarding this model have not been revealed. The concept features a self-learning IT infrastructure that analyzes transport demands, as well as communications features between the vehicle and a control center that can process vast amounts of data.
eCitaro (New EV commuter bus)
At the previous IAA show, Mercedes-Benz exhibited a prototype that was virtually a mass-production model, and released the vehicle in July 2018 to the global market. While the market release of the vehicle was years behind BYD of China and Solaris of Italy, the eCitaro was exhibited along with a hybrid vehicle version as a world premiere.
The eCitaro uses the AVE 130 super low-floor rear electric axle made by ZF, and has two 125 kW motors producing a torque of 485 Nm. The bus is equipped with 2-4 units of 25 kWh lithium-ion battery module on the roof, and 4 in the rear, for a maximum capacity of 10 modules. The battery modules have an output of 243 kWh, and provide a maximum driving range of 150 km. In comparison to the current Citaro, energy consumption, such as heating controls heated via a heat pump, is reduced by 40%. The vehicle has a GVW of 13.44 tons, a length of 11.95 m, a height of 3.3 m, a width of 2.54 m, a wheelbase of 5.84 m, a floor ground clearance of 0.28m, and can seat up to 88 people.
(Left) Interior configuration (excluding seat trim)
(Right) The instrument panel is identical to the standard Citaro
TRATON (VW Truck & Bus): VW commercial vehicle division group exhibition
The VW changed the name of its commercial vehicle subsidiary, VW Truck & Bus AG, which includes MAN and Scania, to Traton AG so as to strengthen branding and management. TRATON was highlighted for the first time at this IAA show, and held a group exhibition using all of hall 12.
Volkswagen Caminhoes e Onibus e-Delivery City Delivery
The chassis is composed of three electrification-exclusive main modules: front (cabin/auxiliaries), center (battery), and rear (powertrain). The chassis is incredibly versatile regarding assembly and supports increased battery volumes. The vehicle has a GVW of 6.3 tons, 4×2, and features a 170-kWh battery and an 80-kW motor, giving the vehicle a range of 200 km. The vehicle was developed in Brazil and is scheduled for production there starting in 2020.
MAN: Exhibition of the eMobility, unveiling its CitE EV truck and an EV commuter bus
MAN, a central figure in the TRATON Group, exhibited light-duty (in common with VW) to heavy-duty EV trucks and buses at its main table, including concept vehicles. However, while the automaker exhibited many of its medium and heavy-duty trucks, the vehicles lacked currentness due to an absence of model updates. Additionally, with the darker color schemes on the trucks themselves, MAN’s and Scania’s booth both left a dull impression.
TGX 18.640 4×2 LLS
Since 2000, the TG Series has remained relatively unaltered, and is popular locally, along with Mercedes-Benz. However, the model is beginning to show its age, with many rumors being heard regarding an update to a new model in around 2020 (according to MAN individuals). Similar to the previous show, the TGX flagship model has undergone changes to the exterior and interior, but overall has remained mostly unchanged.
The flagship TGX XXL (high floor high cab), which appeared in 2007, is equipped with MAN’s most powerful engine (L6, 15 liters, 640 hp/3000 Nm) developed in 2014. The vehicle, which underwent a minor facelift in 2016, and engine are unchanged. The TGX XXL has a length of 5.87 m, a width of 2.5m, a height of 3.5m, a wheelbase of 3.6 m, a GVW of 18 tons, and is equipped with a 12-speed AMT.
The instrument panel is unaltered. One spec features an LED-lit compact kitchen in the rear of the cab.
MAN is also promoting eMobility as part of its electrification initiatives.
(eMobility-1) eTruck: TGM 26.360E 6×2-4LL
MAN announced an EV tractor at IAA 2016 for the first time. Afterward, the automaker conducted user test drives with GVW 18 to 26 ton vehicles. At this IAA show, MAN exhibited a refrigerator spec vehicle. Additionally, it showcased a light-duty EV van and a heavy-duty concept EV.
(Left) The base vehicle has a GVW of 26 tons, 6×2, removable refrigerator body and chassis, and a 2.3-meter width cab, making it a short TGM (a cheaper version of the short to mid-range cab with a width of 2,300 mm). The cab features blue pinstripes to indicate its EV nature. Lithium-ion batteries (185 kWh) are located on the side of the chassis and underneath the cab. The motor, which produces 264 kW and 360 hp, is placed in the center (propeller shaft to rear axle type), and has a range of 180 km of a single charge. The charging port is located on the front left.
(Right) TGE 3.140 E, GVW 3 tons, 100 kW motor, 36 kWh battery, and a range of 160 km. Based off a VW vehicle.
(eMobility-2) CitE TRUCK: EV truck concept
The automaker exhibited the CitE concept EV truck, the first urban delivery vehicle exhibited in a while since exhibiting a trailer truck concept model that placed emphasis on aerodynamics from 2010 to 2012. The CitE was exhibited alongside a new EV commuter bus. The model showcases the future of trucks that will innovate urban landscapes, based on MAN’s electrification technology.
The truck supports drivers who may become increasingly busy with online shopping and one last mile deliveries, and efficiently meet the demands of modernizing cities. The heavy-duty truck, based on a 4×2 drive system, is highly safe featuring a 360-degree camera system, which provides a wide field of view, as well as a low floor cab with a minimum ground clearance of 0.35 meters. (The vehicle was said to have been developed in a mere 18 months.)
(While Mercedes-Benz, Scania, and Volvo have introduced low floor cabs, MAN has yet to do so.)
A closed van with a GVW of 15 tons. The 110 kWh batteries are in the chassis, while the 290 kW motor is placed in the center. The vehicle has a range of 100 km. The black sections on the side panels are air cooling inlets.
An innovative interior for the cities and drivers of the future (MAN press comments)
(Left) Driver-side door swing
(Right) Sliding, wooden, super-low flat floor, foldable seats, retractable steering wheel, digital mirrors, and a digital cockpit (touch-panel monitors are positioned separately).
(eMobility-3) Lion’s City 12E: 12 meter new EV commuter bus
MAN, which is advancing its electrification efforts under the eMobility initiative, exhibited a new EV commuter bus for the first time, alongside its compact van and heavy-duty truck. The base vehicle is the standard Lion’s City, a 12-meter class vehicle, with a raised roof to hold batteries. The body has also undergone minor updates to unify the body. The sidewall, which features a singular construction of aluminum, steel plates, and glass, now has more dynamic styling thanks to the Lion accent mold and roof height. Although it was not exhibited, the automaker has also developed an 18-meter class City 18E articulated EV bus.
The bus will be mass-produced by 2020, and has a length of 12.2 m, a width of 2.55 m, a height of 3.3 m, a wheelbase of 6 m, and a capacity of 84 people. The bus has secured ideal seating space in the rear by housing the 480 kWh batteries in the roof. The 160 kW (218 hp)-270 kW (367 hp) motor is placed in the center, and the bus has a range of 200 km.
(Left) Bus interior and upholstery
(Right) The instrument panel is common with the standard model (including the 18 m articulated bus)
Scania: All exhibited vehicles use alternative fuels or are EVs, first exhibition of a trolley-style truck
Scania, another core automaker of the TRATON Group, exhibited a wide range of vehicles using alternative fuels, such as new models from the P Series and L Series. In addition to showcasing new low floor cab trucks for urban areas and suburban areas, the automaker exhibited a trolley-style truck for the first time.
New P series & L series
In 2016, Scania gave its S Series flagship model a full redesign. It later went on to fully redesign a wide range of vehicles from its P Series and L Series and unveiled all of its trucks and buses at the IAA show as alternative fuel vehicles aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. All vehicles make full use of Scania’s modular system based on the OEM’s unique planning, design, and production technologies.
While the automaker didn’t exhibit a fully-electric truck, it showed its dedication to eco- friendliness through the use of various alternative fuels such as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biodiesel, LNG, and CNG.
L 320 6×2 PLUG-IN HYBRID (other versions: hybrids, multipurpose)
Orders for the HEV began in November 2018, while orders for the PHEV will begin in 2019. The base frame is the L-type 6×2 urban and short distance multipurpose chassis. The vehicle has a low floor cab (standard height roof, semi-long), and seats three. The right door has a small window to increase visibility. The vehicle on display had its vehicle height lowered with its air suspension. It has a GVW of 26 tons. The L5 9-liter engine (either HVO or diesel) produces 320hp and 1600 Nm, while the motor produces 130 kW (177hp) and 1050 Nm. The truck has an EV range of 10 km. The battery ranges from 7.4-18.5 kWh. Drivers can anticipate a reduction of fuel consumption by a maximum of 15%.
L340 6×2 CNG Arm-roller chassis
The L340 6×2 CNG features an L-type 6×2 chassis with an arm-roller for removable containers. The truck sports a low floor cab (low roof, semi-long), seats three, and has a GVW of 26 tons. The engine (L5, 9-liters, 340hp, 1600 Nm) supports CNG (eight tanks, 944 liters) and has a driving range of 500 km. While Scania introduced a CNG vehicle in 2017 with a new engine (L6, 13 liters, 410 hp) with tank covers, the exhibited model features a 9-liter engine and exposed tanks for weight reduction.
Although Scania also had a low floor cab available for its older model, the model on display featured a redesigned cab. Getting in and out the vehicle has become slightly easier thanks to the angle at which the doors open, as well as the height of the steps. The instrument panel is fundamentally common across all models. Although some models can seat 3 to 4 persons, the exhibited vehicle was a two-seat cab with a center console. The truck was exhibited with its air suspension lowered.
G410 4×2 LNG tractor
The G410 4×2 LNG tractor is a G-type highline cab for long distances. Scania has modified its engine (L6, 12 liters, 410hp, 2000 Nm) developed last year for liquid natural gas (LNG) to support LNG for long-distance use. The twin LNG tank (1100 liters) gives the tractor a maximum range of 1600 km, while the single tank model has a range of 1000 km.
P280 4×2 HVO General purpose chassis / R500 4×2 HVO Low floor tractor
R450 Hybrid Electric 4×2 Tractor (Trolley hybrid tractor with a pantograph)
The R450 Hybrid Electric 4×2 Tractor is a trolley hybrid long-distance tractor researched and developed with the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Siemens from 2013. The tractor was unveiled at this IAA show. The vehicle features the R-type standard height roof and semi-long cab. The engine has a displacement of 13 liters and produces 450 hp. Verification testing of the vehicle is scheduled in 2019 on German expressways.
New engine series
|(Left) Newly developed lightweight engine 7L (220-280hp)
(Center) GAS support 13L (370-500hp)
(Right) The popular V8 16L (520-730hp)
Interlink Medium Decker LNG Intercity long distance highway bus
The Interlink Medium Decker LNG is the world’s first LNG-powered long-distance bus capable of driving 1000 km. The bus has a length of 13.2 m and seats 59. The engine has a displacement of 9 liters, and produces 280 to 320hp.
CITY WIDE Hybrid (biodiesel/HVO) low-floor non-step commuter bus
The City Wide Hybrid is a hybrid bus that can select two types of alternative fuels. The vehicle has a length of 12 m, has two doors, and seats 68. The engine has a displacement of 9 liters, produces 320 hp, and has reduced fuel consumption by 19% (in comparison to diesel). Made in Poland.
Volvo: Exhibition of the flagship FH 25th year anniversary model and an EV truck
Aside from EV specialized trucks and buses, Volvo had very little new to show at its booth, and its FH flagship model, which celebrated its 25th anniversary, was the primary focus of its exhibition. Likewise, the automaker showcased its 750hp heavy-duty trucks, which it is excels in, as well as urban delivery vans.
FH 540 25 Year Edition 4×2 Tractor
Since the renewal of the square cab F-Series in 1993, it has been 25 years since the release of the FH. The current model was released in 2012, and at this year’s IAA show, Volvo exhibited the 25th anniversary model. Furthermore, the automaker exhibited the major components of its drivetrains used up to today, ranging from its D12 engine, which was featured on the first-generation FH, to its I-Shift transmission, in chronological order. Aside from the crimson pearl colorway, pinstripes and logos, no changes have been made to the exterior or interior.
The FH is a 4×2 standard tractor with an extra-high cab. The vehicle has a length of 5.89 m, a width of 2.48 m, a height of 3.3 m, a wheelbase of 3.7 m, and a GVW of 18 tons. The FH features the D13 engine (L6, 13 liters, 540hp, and 2,600 Nm), I-Shift, dual clutches, and dynamic steering. The F15 and 16 were both sold in limited quantities. No changes have been made to the instrument panel, while the digital monitor has been made compact and spread out. The I-Shift lever is placed on the floor, a dated technology in comparison to its competitor models that feature the shifter on the steering column. Orange pinstripes have been added to the grips and seats.
Major powertrain components featured since the release of the initial FH were also on display along with the 25th anniversary model. From the left: the 1993 D12 engine, the 2001 I-Shift gearbox, the 2013 Dynamic Steering, and the 2014 IS/Dual Clutch.
FH 460 LNG 4×2 Tractor
The standard model has reduced CO2 emissions by 20%, whereas the bio LNG model has reduced CO2 emissions by 100%. The FH 460 LNG features either the D13K engine or the G13C (L6, 13 liters, 460hp, 2300 Nm). The vehicle has a GVW of 18 tons, a 500-liter tank, and a range of roughly 800 km. The model has an extra high cab, with all other vehicle specs identical to the FH15.
Volvo ELECTRIC Truck Bus
Volvo Trucks, which has advanced its research and development of electrification technology through its commuter buses in the past few years, announced its EV trucks in April 2018 for the first time. While both trucks were twin axis and triple axis fully-electric trucks for urban and short distance use, at this show, the automaker exhibited a triple-axis waste-treatment truck.
Volvo FE Electric 6×2
The center monitor on the instrument panel is for rear garbage processing. The cab is Volvo’s first low-floor (although non-step, giving the vehicle a surprisingly high floor height). The right door has a small window. The cab seats four.
Renault Trucks (Volvo Group): EV truck Z.E. Series, EV and autonomous driving concept vehicle
Renault Trucks exhibited its latest Z.E. Series EV truck, as well as its popular T High flagship model in a sport racing colorway.
T High Renault Sport Racing Limited Edition 4×2 Tractor
The limited-edition model features styling cues from Renault Racing, which is popular among younger drivers, with yellow and black racing colors in the interior and exterior. Specs are the same as the standard T High, and it features the DTI 13 (Volvo) engine, producing 520hp and 2550 Nm. The vehicle has a GVW of 18 tons.
|Sales will be limited to 99 vehicles. Images of the interior are from the standard model.|
New Z.E. RANGE (Series)
While Renault Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, in recent years, it has uniquely focused on fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction through aerodynamics research and the development of energy saving and eco-friendly technology. The automaker has been announcing those results through its models and documents since the 2014 IAA show. Currently, Renault Trucks supplies a wide range of eco-friendly vehicles that use alternative fuels, ranging from light-duty to heavy-duty trucks.
Additionally, the OEM has advanced its research and development of EVs from ten years ago through its vehicles such as compact vans.
(Source: Renault Trucks)
D Wide Z.E. 6×2
Renault Trucks announced the Master Z.E. compact van with a GVW of 3.5 tons, its D Z.E. medium-duty truck with a GVW of 16 tons, and its D Wide Z.E. heavy-duty truck with a GVW of 26 tons as part of its new second-generation EV trucks. At the IAA show, it exhibited the compact van and a heavy-duty truck.
(Source: Renault Trucks)
The D Wide Z.E. large-size EV garbage collection vehicle is an efficient, quiet vehicle that emits zero CO2 and contributes to urban environmental preservation. The vehicle is scheduled for production at the end of 2019. The rear body is a Faun EV waste processing car, the same as the Volvo. Specs include D-cab wide, short cab, 6×2, GVW of 27 tons, and a wheelbase of 3.9 m. The vehicle is powered by two motors producing 370 kW (same as the Volvo model mentioned earlier) and 850 Nm. The 200 kWh battery gives the vehicle a range of 200 km.
The interior, instrument panel, and exterior are the same as the standard D Wide series. There is no low-floor cab version.
EZ PRO CONCEPT Last One Mile Delivery
One of Renault’s future EV concepts it is currently advancing is an autonomous driving platform. The model can swap out upper capsules for compact delivery, or for use as mobile storefronts.
|(Left) Autonomous delivery capsule for last one mile delivery
(Right) Moving café or restaurant
The autonomous driving delivery capsule allows customers to receive packages at any time from any location. Additionally, Renault has developed a type that can be used as a moving locker, where users can remove cargo using their smartphones. Manned driving can also be possible with the use of a joystick. Implementation is scheduled to take place ten years from now, with technical specs yet to be revealed.
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