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New Mobility World @IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018Hanover, September 20-27, 2018
Alternate Powertrains

Recap: Tuesday, 26. September, at the NMW 18

By Editorial Team on September 25, 2018

The second day of the NMW FORUM was geared toward alternative powertrains and what means will be propelling the logistics solutions of the future. 

The first session of the day, Alternative Powertrains as a Tipping Point for the Commercial Vehicle Industry, looked at how the shift to clean and sustainable power will be managed by the commercial vehicle and components industry. This includes everything from fully electric 40t refrigerator trucks, over best-in-class electric chassis, to the challenges and opportunities of electrification and alternative fuels.

In his talk Time to move – Freight Transport as Part of the integrated Energy Transition, Andreas Kuhlmann, the CEO of the dena, stated that an  “intersectoral” approach was necessary since Germany hasn’t had much success in fulfilling climate goals they need to achieve by 2030. The solution might lie in BIO LNG, and in looking at different strategies rather than crowning a singular idea king. Kuhlmann also pushed for a dialogue between cities, politics, etc., as well as better plans for urban development.

With the supermarket chain Aldi owing 50% of its emissions to logistics, it was on their Director of Logistics Management Andreas Kremer to speak on the 40 t refrigerated E-Truck. Despite truck-load optimisation and other strategies, these aren’t enough to reduce emissions as much as needed. Therefore, Aldi has had to invest in alternative technologies instead. In 2009, they started their first test in CNG (which was not successful). They started a new test in 2018, which has lead to a new electric truck. Loaded with green energy, this truck is emission free and can be viewed at the NMW LIVE space to the North of Pavillion 26.

The talk was followed by Political Dialogue: Reducing CO2 Emissions – Challenges and Opportunities, with a welcoming by VDA President Bernhard Mattes, who welcomed the internationalisation of the IAA with 60% foreign exhibitors joining the fair in Hanover this year. Here, the last mile has become a strategically important task for the entire sector, with innovations along the entire supply chain. Mattes also mentioned that although the new standards by the EU Commission are welcomed, they need to be different from normal cars, and TCO is essential in these discussions. 

Arthur Runge-Metzger, the EC’s Director DG Climate Action, presented the incentives and benefits for low- and zero-emission vehicles. 

Incentives in the EC’s proposal.

The panel discussion included Christian Labrot, the President of the International Road Transport Union (IRU), Frank Iwer of IG Metall, Dr Manfred Schuckert, the Automotive Regulatory Strategy Commercial Vehicles at Daimler, and Christian Hochfeld, the Executive Director of 
Agora Verkehrswende. The panel was moderated by the VDA’s MD Dr Kurt-Christian Scheel. The EC’s proposal made for a heated debate between the panellists, which we will recap in full at a somewhat later stage.

After lunch the Panel Discussion: Infrastructure for Alternative Powertrains asked the following questions: How and by whom will future infrastructure be financed, implemented and regulated? How do we move from decrepit to cutting edge?

This was followed by VISION mobility: Electrification of Heavy Commercial Vehicles, where representatives from Volvo, Daimler, and BPW Bergische Achsen Kommanditgesellschaft showed what developments were currently happening and how their individual companies approached the electrification of heavy commercial vehicles.

As Volvo has built the technology of their truck on that of their e-busses, they are able to deliver the first lot in 2019. Mercedes-Benz is in a pre-serious testing phase of two years with the eActros, which will be delivered to 10 customers (including Hermes and Edeka), who will be testing the truck and providing feedback before customers can expect a final version in 2021. BPW has developed its electric drive axle to address the needs of the sizeable 5.5 to 26-tonne segment, which it uses to replace old Diesel engines in finished trucks. Therefore, their aim is to convert 100 “old” trucks per year.

 Full house at the VISION mobility panel. 

The last talk of the day focused on The new Alternatives: Fuel Cells, Batteries, Supercapacitors and Alternative Fuels, where various speakers educated the audience on cost-optimised and future-proof battery systems, the hybridisation of fuel cell drivetrains and the future of fast charging.

Thanks to all the speakers and panels for sharing your insight with us today!



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