Daimler Trucks presented its technology strategy for the electrification of its vehicles, ranging from urban distribution to international long-haul transport, thus reaffirming its commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Protection Convention. The event focused on the technology for hydrogen-based fuel-cell trucks for the long-haul transport segment. The Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, which today had its world premiere as a concept vehicle, marks the beginning of fuel-cell drive. With the GenH2 Truck, Daimler Trucks is demonstrating for the first time which specific technologies the manufacturer is driving forward at full speed so that heavy-duty fuel-cell trucks can perform flexible and demanding long-distance haulage operations with ranges of up to 1,000 kilometers and more on a single tank of hydrogen. Daimler Trucks plans to begin customer trials of the GenH2 Truck in 2023; series production is to start in the second half of the decade. Thanks to the use of liquid instead of gaseous hydrogen with its higher energy density, the vehicle’s performance is planned to equal that of a comparable conventional diesel truck.
Daimler Trucks today also presented for the first time a preview of a purely battery-powered long-haul truck, the Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul, which is designed to cover regular journeys on plannable routes in an energy-efficient manner. Daimler Trucks plans to have the eActros LongHaul ready for series production in 2024. Its range on one battery charge will be approximately 500 kilometers. Additionally, with the Mercedes-Benz eActros for distribution transport, which was already presented in 2018 and has been tested intensively since then by customers in everyday transport operations, Daimler Trucks will start series production of a purely battery-powered heavy-duty truck next year. The range of the series-produced eActros on one battery charge will significantly exceed that of the prototype’s approximately 200 kilometers.
Daimler Trucks is pursuing similar vehicle schedules for the North American and Japanese markets as it is for Europe. By the year 2022, Daimler Trucks’ portfolio in its main sales regions – Europe, the USA and Japan – is to include series-produced vehicles with battery-electric drive. The company also has the ambition to offer only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operation (“from tank to wheel”) in Europe, North America and Japan by 2039.
As a new worldwide modular platform architecture, the so-called ePowertrain will be the technological basis of all medium- and heavy-duty CO2-neutral, all-electric series-produced trucks from Daimler Trucks – whether powered purely by batteries or by hydrogen-based fuel cells. It will feature high levels of performance, efficiency and durability. With the ePowertrain, Daimler Trucks plans to achieve synergies and economies of scale for all relevant vehicles and markets.
Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, and Sven Ennerst, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG for Development, Procurement and the China Region, presented the technology strategy at STATION-Berlin. The speakers included Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
Genuine Locally CO2-neutral Alternatives for Truck Customers Martin Daum: “We are consistently pursuing our vision of CO2-neutral transport with a focus on the genuinely locally CO2-neutral technologies battery power and hydrogen-based fuel cells, which have the potential to succeed in the market in the long term. This combination enables us to offer our customers the best vehicle options, depending on the application. Battery power will be rather used for lower cargo weights and for shorter distances. Fuel-cell power will tend to be the preferred option for heavier loads and longer distances.”
“Our customers make rational purchasing decisions and are unwilling to compromise on their trucks’ suitability for everyday use, tonnage and range. With our alternative drive concepts from Mercedes-Benz – the GenH2 Truck, the eActros LongHaul and the eActros – and our electric trucks of the Freightliner and FUSO brands, we have a clear focus on customer requirements and are creating genuine locally CO2-neutral alternatives for them. We have now set out the key technological specifications of our electric trucks so that the requirements are known to everyone involved at an early stage. It is now up to policymakers, other players and society as a whole to provide the right framework conditions. To make CO2-neutral all-electric vehicles competitive, regulatory and government action is needed, including the necessary infrastructure for charging with green electricity and for the production, storage and transport of green liquid hydrogen,” Daum continued.
Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer: “We need zero-carbon goods vehicles on our roads. These include hydrogen fuel cell trucks. There is huge potential inherent in hydrogen for the protection of our environment and a strong economy. That is why we have been funding hydrogen as a transport fuel for over ten years – one current example is the concept truck presented today. We will continue to provide strong support to the development of climate-friendly drivetrains and innovations in and for Germany. This will include, but not be limited to, significantly expanding the funding of vehicles.”
Key Figures of the GenH2 Truck Based on Conventional Long-haul Trucks The development engineers at Daimler Trucks have based the GenH2 Truck on the capabilities of the conventional Mercedes-Benz Actros long-haul truck with regard to tractive power, range, and performance. For example, the series-production version of the GenH2 Truck is to have a gross vehicle weight of 40 tons and a payload of 25 tons. Two special liquid-hydrogen tanks and a particularly powerful fuel-cell system will make this high payload and long range possible, and therefore form the core of the GenH2 Truck concept.
Daimler experts can draw on existing expertise for the development of liquid-hydrogen tanks, and they are also cooperating closely with a partner. With regard to fuel cells, the manufacturer benefits from its experts’ decades of experience, in terms of technology as well as production methods and processes. This represents an enormous advantage. In April this year, Daimler Truck AG concluded a preliminary, non-binding agreement with the Volvo Group to establish a new joint venture for the development to series maturity, production and commercialization of fuel-cell systems for use in heavy-duty commercial vehicles and other applications. Joining forces will decrease development costs for both companies and accelerate the market introduction of fuel cell systems. The joint venture is to benefit from the expertise of Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group. To facilitate the joint venture with the Volvo Group, Daimler Truck AG has brought together all Group-wide fuel-cell activities in the newly founded subsidiary Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG.
Liquid Hydrogen Enables Applications with High Energy Throughput Daimler Trucks prefers to use liquid hydrogen (LH2), because in this state, the energy carrier has a far higher energy density in relation to volume than gaseous hydrogen. As a result, the tanks of a fuel-cell truck using liquid hydrogen are much smaller and, due to the lower pressure, significantly lighter. This gives the trucks a larger cargo space and higher payload weight. At the same time, more hydrogen can be carried, which significantly increases the trucks’ range. This makes the series GenH2 Truck, like conventional diesel trucks, suitable for multi-day, difficult to plan long-haul transport and where the daily energy throughput is high.
Daimler Trucks is currently pressing ahead with the development of the necessary tank-system technologies to make liquid hydrogen usable also in mobile applications as an energy source for series-produced fuel-cell trucks. The storage of cryogenic liquid hydrogen at -253 degrees Celsius is already common practice in stationary applications, for example in industry or at hydrogen filling stations. This also applies to the transport of liquid hydrogen as cargo.
Interaction between Battery and Fuel-cell Systems The two stainless-steel liquid-hydrogen tanks intended for the series version of the GenH2 Truck will have a particularly high storage capacity of 80 kilograms (40 kg each) for covering long distances. The stainless-steel tank system consists of two tubes, one within the other, that are connected to each other and vacuum-insulated. In the series version of the GenH2 Truck, the fuel-cell system is to supply 2 x150 kilowatts and the battery is to provide an additional 400 kW temporarily. At 70 kWh, the storage capacity of the battery is relatively low, as it is not intended to meet energy needs, but mainly to be switched on to provide situational power support for the fuel cell, for example during peak loads while accelerating or while driving uphill fully loaded. At the same time, the relatively light battery allows a higher payload. It is to be recharged in series-production vehicles with braking energy and excess fuel-cell energy. A core element of the sophisticated operating strategy of the fuel-cell and battery system is a cooling and heating system that keeps all components at the ideal operating temperature, thus ensuring maximum durability. In a pre-series version, the two electric motors are designed for a total of 2 x 230 kW continuous power and 2 x 330 kW maximum power. Torque is 2 x 1577 Nm and 2 x 2071 Nm respectively.
Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul Offers Advantages Depending on Use Case The Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul battery-powered long-haul truck will be in the same vehicle class as the GenH2 truck. Its features will be largely identical to those of the series-produced GenH2 Truck or a conventional diesel truck. The comparatively short range of the eActros LongHaul on one battery charge is offset by its high energy efficiency, as battery electric drive has the highest efficiency among alternative drive systems. This offers transport companies significant advantages in the application scenarios envisaged for the eActros LongHaul due to its low energy costs. Many of the long-haul applications in the practical operations of transport companies do not require a range greater than the approximately 500 kilometers that the eActros LongHaul will be able to cover on one charge. In addition, legal requirements regarding truck drivers’ driving times limit the need for longer ranges, depending on the case. In the EU, for example, truck drivers have to take a break of at least 45 minutes at the latest after 4.5 hours of driving. During this time, thanks to the latest charging technology, the battery can be charged with a large proportion of the energy needed for the ongoing journey. The eActros LongHaul will therefore be the right choice for transport companies for regular use on plannable routes and with the appropriate distances and charging possibilities.
Charging Infrastructure for eActros LongHaul can be Available Relatively Soon With its market launch in the middle of the decade, the eActros LongHaul will be available some time before the GenH2 Truck. The required infrastructure can also be set up sooner – and at comparatively low cost – by the transport companies themselves for charging at their depots. This so-called depot charging is the most important step for the use of the eActros LongHaul, and means that the first areas of application can already be covered. Another key component is opportunity charging for range extension, for example, while unloading or loading when the electric truck is anyway stationary. In the future, public charging at publicly accessible stations along main transport routes will also become increasingly important – a nationwide charging infrastructure will maximize the operating range of battery-electric trucks. New, more durable batteries will also contribute to the competitiveness of battery-electric trucks, reducing total cost of ownership over a vehicle’s lifecycle.
Mercedes-Benz eActros to be Integrated into Comprehensive Consulting Service At the International Commercial Vehicles Show in 2016, Daimler Trucks was the first manufacturer worldwide to present a heavy-duty electric truck. In early 2018, Daimler Trucks celebrated the world premiere of the further developed Mercedes-Benz eActros, and intensive practical tests have been taking place with customers since the fall of 2018. Since then, findings from customer testing have flowed directly into the further development of the prototype into a series-production vehicle. So far, they have shown that the purely battery-electric eActros is outstandingly suited for sustainable heavy-duty distribution transport. It is in no way inferior to a conventional diesel truck in terms of availability and performance. However, the series-production eActros will be significantly superior to the current prototype in some aspects, such as range, drive power and safely. The series-production eActros will be on a par with a conventional Actros also in terms of payload. The eActros will be launched as a two-axle and three-axle truck. Daimler Trucks will embed the vehicle in a holistic ecosystem that includes consulting services for electric mobility, such as analyzing routes, checking possible subsidies, supporting operational fleet integration and developing suitable charging-infrastructure solutions.
Daimler Trucks & Buses: Extensive Practical Expertise in Electric Drive The first practical operation of the Mercedes-Benz eEconic low-floor truck, which is based on the eActros and was announced by Daimler Trucks this year, is planned for 2021 and series production is scheduled to start in 2022. The eEconic will mainly be used as a waste-collection vehicle in urban waste-management applications. This is a very good choice for battery-powered trucks due to the comparatively short and firmly planned routes of up to about 100 kilometers and a very high proportion of stop-and-go operation. In the United States, the medium-duty Freightliner eM2 and the heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia are also currently undergoing practical tests with customers. The vehicles have a target range for series production of up to 370 km (eM2) and up to 400 km (eCascadia). Series production of the eCascadia is scheduled to start in mid-2022 and of the Freightliner eM2 in late 2022. A small series of more than 170 FUSO eCanter light-duty trucks are in use in with numerous customers in Japan, the United States and Europe; the first of them were handed over to customers already in 2017. The eCanter offers a range of 100 km. At Daimler Buses, the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro has been in series production since the fall of 2018. It will be followed in 2022 by the version with fuel cells as a range extender. With nearly 400 vehicles in use with customers, Daimler Trucks & Buses has gained comprehensive, practice-oriented expertise with electric vehicles, and has recorded a total of well over seven million kilometers driven by battery-electric test and series-produced trucks and buses with customers worldwide.
Modular ePowertrain for Various Markets and Segments Within the context of its global platform strategy, Daimler Trucks is also using a globally uniform basic architecture for all-electric trucks: the ePowertrain. The technological heart of the ePowertrain is, as a first step, the integrated electric drive, the so-called eDrive. This is used in the form of an e-carrier concept, i.e., an e-axle with one or two integrated e-motors including transmission. The eDrive is an in-house development by Daimler experts and offers numerous advantages over concepts with one central motor. For example, the more compact design allows a larger space to install a larger battery with a higher capacity, which has a positive effect on range. The high battery capacity also ensures high power transmission to the e-axle, thus allowing continuous power delivery. The recuperation potential also increases due to the combination of a large battery with very powerful e-motors. The eDrive is to be applied in various vehicles at Daimler Trucks in the medium- and heavy-duty segment worldwide – whether with purely battery-electric or hydrogen-based fuel-cell drive. The eDrive is designed as a drive family consisting of different variants, the first of which will have its premiere in the series-produced version of the Mercedes-Benz eActros. Within a modular system, the eDrive can be tailored to suit the market, segment and vehicle type.
The global concept of the modular ePowertrain thus creates synergies with regard to technology developments for different markets and segments, as well as economies of scale through larger numbers of uniform components. This in turn results in competitive costs that can be passed on to customers. In addition, a high proportion of components taken over from conventional powertrains is planned to contribute to competitive development and production costs.
Daimler Trucks’ Consulting Approach Reflects New Drive-system Complexity In the coming years, truck customers will face the challenge of choosing the drive technology that is best for them – depending on the industry, segment and specific application. The goal of Daimler Trucks’ consultants is to meet this gradually increasing complexity with tailored offers at the right time. They will accompany customers every step of the way and work together to develop suitable solutions for entry into electric mobility. The core of Daimler Trucks’ consulting approach to the electrification of truck fleets is that the aspects of vehicle range and charging infrastructure are treated as a single entity. The experts at Daimler Trucks therefore also look in detail at how the charging infrastructure and charging processes themselves can be optimized.
With its approach to the electric-mobility ecosystem, Daimler Trucks is pursuing a holistic and global method that focuses on individual customer needs. The manufacturer is cooperating with specialized partners in all relevant sectors to offer customers access to the required components. At the beginning of the year, Daimler Trucks took an additional step by launching a worldwide initiative to establish a charging infrastructure for battery-electric trucks. Within the framework of the eTruck Charging Initiative, Daimler Trucks is bringing together the main players – electric-truck customers, power-grid operators and energy suppliers, as well as charging-hardware manufacturers and charging-software providers – and is thus driving forward joint infrastructure solutions for electric-truck customers within the network.
Daimler gets on board with education projects in India and the Congo to combat child labour and improve living conditions.
Daimler AG is taking important steps to ensure respect for human rights in the vicinity of raw-material mines. The company has joined forces with the Terre des Hommes Netherlands NGO and the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI) to combat child labour in Indian mica mines. The cooperation with the Bon Pasteur aid organization against child labour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was initiated in 2019, has achieved initial successes.
Important Steps “For Daimler,” stated Renata Jungo Brüngger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Integrity and Legal Affairs, “the cooperation with Terre des Hommes and the Responsible Mica Initiative is an important step in combating child labour in mining regions. We will support projects in India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 1.2 million euros until 2022, creating future opportunities for the people there.”
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO added, “Social, environmental and economic aspects are the basis of Daimler’s sustainable business strategy. For us, ethically responsible raw-material extraction and processing begins right at the start of the value chain. We are intensively involved in the supply chain – going as far as into the raw-material mines.”
Terre des Hommes in India The cooperation with Terre des Hommes Netherlands in Jharkhand, India aims to enable children in the vicinity of mica mines to attend school and to provide economic support for their families. The raw material mica is used, among other things, to achieve the shimmering effect of vehicle paints. The project aims to prevent parents from having to send their children to work in mica mines. At the same time, a good education makes it more likely that the children can earn their own living later as adults and that the family is not dependent on income from child labour.
In addition to the educational opportunities for children, local structures are to be strengthened and information is to be provided on children's rights. To this end, Daimler and Terre des Hommes Netherlands are working with regional aid organizations. The project supported by Daimler will initially run until 2022.
Consistent Action Mr Brüngger pointed out, “We are taking consistent action against child labour with three measures: our Human Rights Respect System, on-site audits and cooperation with non-profit organizations.”
By joining the Responsible Mica Initiative, Daimler AG intends to take even more consistent action against child labour in mines. The initiative is committed to a fair, responsible and sustainable mica supply chain in India. To this end, Daimler AG is working with other companies, NGOs, industry associations and government representatives to develop standards for responsible working conditions, to strengthen local communities, and to support the establishment of a legal framework for the mica industry. The initiative aims to completely eliminate child labour and unacceptable working conditions in mica mines by 2022.
Systematic Examination of Human-Rights Risks Daimler AG takes a systematic approach to counteracting human-rights violations early and actively. A strategic approach to respecting human rights, the Human Rights Respect System, has been developed both for its own majority-owned companies and for its supply chains. As an important measure, the company has identified potentially risky raw materials. The aim is to gradually make the supply chains for these potentially risky raw materials transparent and to take risk-based measures.
Two years ago, Mercedes-Benz Cars already made its paint supply chains transparent, audited mines and processors and traced the path of mica supplies. The project with Terre des Hommes and Daimler’s entry into the Responsible Mica Initiative complement these measures so that sustainable improvements can be achieved locally around the mica mines and beyond the boundaries of the company’s own supply chains. “At Mercedes-Benz, we follow the recommendation of NGOs and other external stakeholders not to exclude countries of origin of critical raw materials as sources of supply, but to work locally to improve the situation,” said Markus Schäfer.
Successful Start of Project in Congo Daimler’s approach to cobalt is similar to that for mica. As a supplement to these measures, such as checks through audits in its own supply chains, in 2019 the company launched a social project against child labour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo together with the non-profit organization Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF). The aim is to improve the living conditions of the people in the Kolwezi mining region. The four-year project made a successful start and has reached important milestones after just over a year.
“A key component of the project with GSIF is to give the children in Kolwezi the opportunity of education and thus future prospects. Thanks to the cooperation with Bon Pasteur in Congo, more than 300 children have been able to attend school in the past twelve months,” said Renata Jungo Brüngger. More than 50 of them had previously worked in mines. In addition to schooling, the children also receive healthcare assistance.
Livelihoods for Women Another focus is on creating alternative livelihoods, especially for women, by developing sustainable agriculture for example. More than 50 women have received training in agricultural techniques. In the first year of the project, more than two tons of crops were harvested, which is an important source of food and income for the families and thus an alternative to working in the mines. Additional milestones last year included educational advice for parents, education on children’s rights and training in conflict management to resolve disputes peacefully in the local community.
Daimler AG focuses on sustainable solutions in the creation of mobility. This includes the responsible procurement of the raw materials mica and cobalt. By supporting activities to combat child labour in India and the Congo, the company is consistently following its course of protecting human rights. Daimler will provide over 1.2 million euros in funding for this purpose by 2022.
Five brand new Scania trucks were part of the backdrop for the signing of the Ecolution agreement between Scania Malaysia and NITTSU Transport. Held on 9 September, the signing was performed by Marie Sjödin Enström, Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia and Billy Tee, Director, Nittsu Transport Service (M) Sdn Bhd, or Nittsu.
NITTSU has been a long-time user of Scania trucks. With the delivery of the latest batch of Scania New Truck Generation to NITTSU, the Swedish brand makes up a large portion of the fleet. “Today is a very special day as this signifies the first international fleet to sign up for the Exolution partnership,” said Enström during the event. Scania’s Ecolution is a partnership, whereby truck maker and user enter in agreement to take measures to reduce fuel consumption, thus not only decreasing CO2 output, but also becoming more efficient and profitable. This is done by optimising the trucks, driver training and monitoring of the performance of the vehicles. Based on the observations, further measures are then discussed and implemented. She added that Scania has a long-standing tradition of finding the most sustainable solutions and working hand in hand with their customers. As such the signing today was a testimony to the ongoing effort to reduce emissions.
The signing of Scania’s Ecolution partnership is saddled on the already impressive initiatives NITTSU is having to reduce fuel consumption. Since 2012, NITTSU has taken steps to reduce the impact on the environment. Being the first to achieve the climate goals set by the United Nations, NITTSU is now striving to further improve on the already impressive achievements. Said Tee “I am sure that with these new trucks, we can manage to do this! When looking at the newly launched trucks last year, we realised that we will need the latest and the best in order to support us in our ambition.”
During the event, both parties signed and exchanged the agreements before peeling off the covers on stickers now brandished on the cabs of the trucks.
With the worldwide pandemic and businesses actively looking for a platform for recovery, Tyrexpo Asia 2021 is due to open in almost seven months’ time next March 2021 and so far this specific event for the international tyre market has attracted over a hundred confirmed exhibitors’ positive interest and support.
Stands of varying sizes have been taken by many leading business around the world including Stamford Tyres International (Singapore), Deestone Corporation (Thailand), Goodtire Rubber Industrial (Taiwan), GB Tyres (UK), Sun Rubber Industry (Malaysia), Service Industries (Pakistan) and Middle East Tyre Center (UAE), which incorporates a mixture of both returning customers, showing a trust in the show series and new exhibitors wishing to expand their marketing image globally and anticipating a rebound in business activities.
This latest announcement of the special business conferences at the show follows close on the heels of the recent launch of the Hosted Special Buyers Scheme as the Tyrexpo Asia 2021 Show and further illustrates the continual marketing momentum that Tarsus are determined to maintain on a regular basis right through to the commencement of the show.
High on this list of proposed attractions will be this innovative series of open business conferences throughout the three-day event which will encompass a variety of topical issues by a series of experienced professionals in their specific aspect of the tyre market. The Marina Bay Sands Conference facility has two high standard conference halls so there will be two conferences on each day and the first day at the show will present two distinctive summits on international Tyre retreading and recycling and a ‘unique’ Fleet management summit with the remaining conference topics to be confirmed in due course.
This event is now managed by Tarsus Group, one of the largest and most successful exhibition management specialists in the world and definitely on course to take the international tyre industry to the next professional level of presentation which will incorporate a series of new features and facilities.
Alwin Seow of Tyrexpo adds, “We have put a lot of thought into the presentation of the conferences we are presenting and are very confident they will provide good coverage of what is happening in today’s market both at the moment and in the future. In due course we will be announcing the schedule of each individual conference during the event which will be more expansive and cover more market sectors than ever before.”
The Volvo FH with I-Save is now being launched in an even more fuel-efficient version that can cut fuel costs by up to ten percent. This marks a significant improvement of three percentage points on the previous generation. Volvo FH with I-Save becomes even more efficient, saving up to 10 percent.
That Volvo FH with I-Save could slash the cost of fuel considerably compared to a truck without I-Save equipped with Volvo’s conventional 13-litre engine has been confirmed by independent tests as well as customers experience. “Cutting fuel consumption and, as a result, reducing CO2 emissions is crucial for all transport companies, especially those with long haul operations. With the new Volvo FH with I-Save, we give hauliers even greater opportunities to reduce their operating costs and environmental impact,” says Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President Product Management at Volvo Trucks.
The new Volvo FH with I-Save is part of Volvo Trucks’ new European product range introduced this spring. I-Save includes many fuel-saving solutions, of which the most important is the Volvo D13TC engine. Volvo’s 13-litre turbo compound engine, launched at the start of 2019, is the company’s most fuel-effective engine to date.
With the launch of the first-generation Volvo FH with I-Save in 2019, Volvo Trucks showed that this solution could slash the cost of fuel – diesel and AdBlue – by up to seven percent compared to a truck without I-Save equipped with Volvo’s conventional 13-litre engine. This figure has been confirmed by independent tests as well as customers experience.
“The combination of low fuel consumption, low noise levels and good driveability has garnered a very positive response. Many hauliers see the Volvo FH with I-Save as a tool to help reduce their carbon footprint,” says Jessica Sandström.
With the new-generation Volvo FH with I-Save, Volvo Trucks’ product developers have reduced fuel consumption even further. Through software updates based on user data analysis, the balance between fuel consumption and driveability has been refined and optimised, leading to a further reduction in fuel consumption when driving in Eco mode.
In addition to an upgrade of I-Save, the new Volvo FH has a more aerodynamic design. To save even more fuel, I-See now has a new function that enables the truck to detect when it´s efficient for the engine to rev up slightly and then freewheel, even on roads that look flat to the human eye.
“This result means that by choosing the new Volvo FH with I-Save, hauliers can reduce their fuel consumption by up to ten percent compared to an ordinary Volvo FH equipped with our 13-litre engine with Euro 6 step D*. Even greater savings can be achieved in practice, since most customers who buy the new Volvo FH with I-Save switch from older trucks with higher fuel consumption,” Jessica Sandström explains.
Fuel-efficient with Outstanding Driveability The new Volvo FH with I-Save doesn’t only represent a major step forward in terms of fuel economy. Its optimised torque within a wide rev range results in smooth driving and delivers the power needed to maintain a high and constant average speed, even in challenging topography.
“We are making it easier and more comfortable to drive fuel efficiently even on hilly roads. The new Volvo FH’s top-class driver environment also helps drivers perform optimally throughout their entire work shift,” concludes Jessica.
In Focus: The New Volvo FH with I-Save The new Volvo FH with I-Save will be available to order in European markets starting from September 2020 Volvo’s 13-litre engine with turbo compound technology (Volvo D13TC) with 460 hp (2,600 Nm) or 500 hp (2,800 Nm) Map-based I-See – uses information about the planned route to utilise the truck’s kinetic energy I-Shift gearchanging system with software optimised for long-haul operations (Eco mode) I-Cruise with I-Roll, which adjusts the speed to keep fuel consumption down Fuel-efficient rear axle Idle stop Variable power steering pump Full air deflector package
*The difference in fuel consumption is computed by comparing the costs of diesel and AdBlue for I-Save: D13TC Euro 6 step D with the long haul fuel package, with D13 eSCR Euro 6 step D without the long haul fuel package. The actual fuel economy varies according to many factors, such as the driver’s level of experience, use of cruise control, the vehicle specifications, vehicle load, actual topography and current weather conditio
Road safety is a growing public health concern in Asia and the Pacific that kills more than one person a minute—a challenge that requires the engagement of all sectors of society, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono told a workshop today.
“While governments have the primary responsibility to ensure road safety, the magnitude of this crisis requires all segments of society to engage and to contribute, including the private sector,” Mr. Susantono said. “This is where a good partnership between governments and development organizations can help find ways to drastically reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries from road crashes in the coming years.”
He was speaking at the first workshop on the implementation of the Asia Pacific Road Safety Observatory (APRSO) on the sidelines of the Asia and the Pacific Transport Forum 2020 taking place online from 24 to 28 August.
According to ADB estimates, on average, more than 2,000 people lose their lives in road crashes in the region every day and many more sustain serious life-changing injuries. “More than one person dies every minute, and as I speak for 10 minutes, 14 people will have lost their lives on the roads of Asia and the Pacific,” Mr. Susantono told participants at the workshop.
APRSO is envisioned to be the leading forum on road safety data, policies, and practices across Asia and the Pacific. It will help improve the quality of road safety data, support the monitoring of regional and global road safety targets, promote effective policies and evidence-based road safety interventions across the region, as well as the use of best practices.
ADB serves as secretariat and host of the observatory, which is supported also by the World Bank Group, International Automobile Federation, International Transport Forum, UNESCAP, and the Global Road Safety Facility.
Mr. Susantono emphasized that ADB is committed to improving road safety in the region, embedding road safety in all road projects, supporting subregional road safety initiatives, and working closely with other agencies and governments to support global road safety agendas.
ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.
Back in February 2020, Mr. Thilo Halter, Head of Area, MAN Asia Pacific told Asian Trucker that “We need to be close to our customers and a workshop here in Port Klang, where there are a lot of our customers, is crucial.” In summary, Halter promised that this event marks the beginning of a new era for MAN in Malaysia. MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MAN) then appointed Andrew O’Brooks as its new managing director, who will lead the execution of several strategic initiatives for Malaysia including opening up its retail outlet here in Port Klang.
Despite the pandemic Covid-19, O’Brooks and his team remained committed to customers in Port Klang and its vicinity by opening the MAN Port Klang doors on 6th of July 2020. MAN Port Klang has the capacity to take in 6 Prime Movers at any one time, ample of parking space for trailers, comfortable customer lounge. MAN Port Klang is powered with MAN Diagnostic tools and host of tools, equipment meeting MAN standards. Open 6 days a week from 8.30am till 6.00pm.
Datuk Suret Singh is asking: Will a refreshed driver demerit system reduce road traffic deaths and injuries, especially of recalcitrant drivers and riders?
There could be a big change of drivers’ attitudes in Malaysia following the Ministry of Transport’s decision to review the decades-old driver demerit system, KEJARA. MIROS has been tasked by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to lead this review.
The first meeting of the working group was held on 29th July 2020 with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the Road Transport Department (RTD). The working group will continue regular meetings to ensure effective coordination in the KEJARA revamp efforts.
Driver Demerit Points System An efficient Driver Demerit Points System can instil driver discipline and a coordinated effort is now in progress to achieve the desired outcomes. It is understood that the Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, wants an effective KEJARA system to be rolled out as a MIROS matter of priority.
This is a major initiative and strategy to improve road safety in Malaysia, targeting persistently reckless drivers with suspension of drivers’ licences. KEJARA is the most effective way to discipline the 15 per cent to 20 per cent habitually reckless drivers on our roads, warning drivers of KEJARA points accumulation and suspension on attaining maximum 20 demerit points. Under this revamp, drivers who have no traffic summonses for one year will be awarded a merit point bonus for good behaviour.
MIROS’ initial assessment based on the first working group coordination meeting on 29th July 2020 is that data integration of PDRM traffic summonses to the KEJARA Demerit Points database will take at least three working months. Commencement of data integration is now pending the award of a new IT Development and Maintenance contract for JPJ’s IT systems network by the Ministry of Finance.
Financial Implications of Road Deaths While human anguish, pain and permanent disability can’t be measured, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report estimates that the financial implications of road deaths and injuries is equivalent to 1 per cent to 2 per cent of a nation’s GDP.
Conversely, using detailed data on deaths and economic indicators from 135 countries, a World Bank 2018 study “The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable,” estimates that, on average, a 10 per cent reduction in road traffic deaths has the impact of raising per capita real GDP by 3.6 per cent over a 24-year period.
There are signs that the road safety situation is finally changing in Malaysia after years of increasing road death toll figures. The year 2016 could have marked a significant deflection point when road deaths reached 7 152 with reductions in subsequent years as follows.
Credit should be given to MOT for empowering MIROS to coordinate this integration between PDRM and JPJ. The KEJARA database on driver demerit points currently only includes JPJ traffic summonses. PDRM traffic summonses are not linked to the KEJARA data.
The implementation of KEJARA where delinquent drivers are penalised by suspension of the driver’s licence will translate to speedy administrative action on driver’s licence suspension for drivers attaining the maximum 20 demerit prints compared to court action which is also a great deterrence but takes a much longer time frame to meet out sentences to reckless drivers.
MIROS is the only full-fledged Road Safety Institute in the ASEAN region. MIROS is a globally accredited ASEAN centre on road safety. Among other achievements, the MIROS PC3 Crash Assessment Lab in Melaka conducts crash impact assessment and safety star grading of new models of vehicles.
Major Quick Win for Road Safety KEJARA is one of the low-hanging fruits which can result in a major quick win for road safety in Malaysia. Construction of motorcycle lanes can also have a major impact as 66 per cent of road deaths involve motorcycles but the infrastructure will take at least five years to be put in place assuming the MIROS proposal for this infra upgrade is adopted under the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021–2025).
Other quick wins are creating seatbelt-wearing and child-restraint systems compliance as a community culture. Rolling out speed detection cameras at frequent crash locations as well as red light violation detection can also have a major deference on reckless drivers and riders stringent enforcement action. Mobile phone usage without hands-free devices causes distracted driving. Addressing this bad behaviour norm will also have a major deterrent effect on addressing recklessness on our roads.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 (UN SDG 2030) has set a global target of reducing road deaths and serious injury by 50 per cent by 2030. An effective KEJARA system which delivers its designed outcomes combined with motorcycle lanes and other quick wins will greatly assist Malaysia to attain UN SDG 2030 targets.
Datuk Suret Singh is Chairman of MIROS at Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of Asian Trucker Media Sdn Bhd.
Chemtrax Sdn Bhd takes delivery of five units of Volvo trucks for the transportation of hazardous goods.
Volvo Trucks announced recently that one of its customers, Johor-based transportation company Chemtrax Sdn Bhd (Chemtrax), has just taken delivery of five units of Volvo trucks comprising four units of FM370 4x2 and one unit of FM440 6x2 models, to support the company’s expansion and also for replacing several old trucks in its fleet. These new trucks will be utilized for transporting caustic soda chemical compounds and butadiene gas.
A vehicle handover ceremony attended by the management teams of both companies was held recently at Chemtrax’s depot in Pasir Gudang to mark the official delivery of the new Volvo trucks. With these new additions, Chemtrax now owns 55 units of Volvo trucks, which makes up about 90% of the company’s total fleet of trucks. Mitch Peden, Managing Director, Volvo Trucks Malaysia shared, “We are very pleased to be able to continuously provide the support our customer, Chemtrax, requires from us with the delivery of the new trucks despite the current challenging market situation.”
Speaking at the truck handover ceremony, Jaffar Abu Bakar, Group Managing Director of Chemtrax Sdn Bhd said, “We have more than 20 years of experience in handling hazardous materials and have been providing transportation services to companies like Petronas, CCM Chemicals, Kaneka, Solar Gaz and other global companies like IVICT, INEOS and Synthomer. These companies all subscribe to very stringent global standards of safety which we are highly committed to.” He added that the company’s transport routes consist of both long and short haul deliveries within all over Peninsula Malaysia, as well as to Singapore with around 15 trips daily into the island.
Transporting dangerous goods requires safe trucks and one can ask which safety features make the trucks most suitable for this type of operation. Volvo is among the very few brands in the Malaysian market that conforms with all aspects of the ADR regulation covering all substances that are inflammable, toxic or corrosive. The truck’s electrical system is encapsulated and protected against mechanical wear and that electrical connections are fitted with sealed connections.
The cab front is fitted with a retainer for a warning sign indicating the type of hazardous goods being transported. This is very important in minimizing the risk of sparking and short-circuiting that can potentially cause a fire and explosion due to the goods carried. Some of the oil companies in Malaysia have made this a mandatory requirement for the trucks which carry their products. In addition, the built and durability of the truck: in case of a collision involving dangerous goods truck , the impact is potentially huge. Thus the truck needs to be able to withstand a good collision impact and minimize casualties and injuries. Volvo Trucks comply with the Swedish safety standard imposed, which is higher than what is set by the European Union.
Volvo Engine Brake (VEB), which is a patented system owned by Volvo Trucks is also playing a crucial role contributing to effective braking, and reduces the reliability on the conventional braking system. Apart from safety reason, this also helps to reduce brake wear and tear.
Not just the product that makes Volvo stands out, but the aftersales service and dealer network that can supports the transporter timely in getting their trucks on the road as soon as possible. On top of that, driver training also plays a role. This is going beyond the truck features and how to handle the truck in the most efficient manner (in terms of fuel saving and minimizing wear and tear), but continuously instil the awareness of safety driving tips, and the skills on defensive driving. These need to be refreshed from time to time to shape the driving behaviour. ”Last year we have launched a series of enhanced safety features named as the Active Safety Package, which consists of features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Brake, Lane Change Support, Driver Alert Support etc. All these aims to make driving easy by supporting the driver having a better awareness of their surroundings, and protect other road users as well,” Peden elaborated. These features are targeted especially at the dangerous goods segment, aiming to reduce the risk of accidents and the impact on the driver, road users, and also the environment. This is also useful for long-haul haulage transporters, to keep their attention on the road while driving, and reduce fatique.
Peden reinforces that ”Everybody recognizes that when comes to safety aspects, Volvo is always the top of mind answer in most people’s choice.” Established in 1998, Chemtrax is one of the leading transportation companies in Malaysia that specialises in the moving of hazardous chemical and gas products such as acids, alkalis, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), water-based chemicals and other flammable and toxic gases.
The company transports these products within Malaysia and Singapore using various types of road tankers such as stainless-steel tanker, special-lined tanker and high-pressured gas tanker to meet the diverse and strict requirements for each hazardous material it transports. “We carry Dangerous and Hazardous goods every day, all products are potentially very harmful to the people and environment,” said Jaffar Abu Bakar. Therefore Management has set a control mechanism in place so that all risks are well identified and develop continuous control on it. The Key management controls are :
1) Driver management: Stringent the SOP of driver recruitment. Age limit, PDRM scanning, medical check up, literacy check and others. Chemtrax provides a lot of training that involves not just the product itself, but also fatigue management, pre-delivery check to the vehicle, defensive driving techniques, road surveillance by own safety team etc.
2) Journey management : designated route to be travelled by drivers and develop journey management plan so that drivers plan their journey well. Emphasis on driver resting period and speed monitoring too.
4) Safety management: GPS monitoring, Dashboard camera installation to monitor driver’s activity, Reporting each incident and carry out investigation to foster learning processes, installation of safety padlock to monitor product loading and unloading.
He said further that “By having these management controls, the potential product hazards are well defined. We also give good training to drivers to understand the danger of the product and proper way of handling them.”
Chemtrax is looking for driver comfortability while driving; this helps them retaining the good drivers, and to attract the talents – in view of the driver shortage, which is serious as some would have opted to work in Singapore due to exchange rate benefits. Here, Volvo meets the need based on drivers’ positive feedback. Apart from that, the truck’s stability contributes to minimise truck over turn during high impact.
Chemtrax has set their own parameters when it comes to purchase considerations for trucks:
1)Comfortability of the vehicle 2) Updated/ latest technology 3) After sale service performance 4) Fuel consumption performance - CPK 5) The second-hand value of the truck 6) Price 7) Maintenance CPK
”The Volvo driver trainer will train our drivers in practical and theoretical sessions. Volvo also conducts the Train The Trainer programme, whereby our senior driver can then train colleagues. With Volvo’s level of support and parts availability, we have been able to significantly minimise truck downtime and business risk. Our aim is to continue to be the preferred choice of transporter amongst chemical and gas manufacturers in Malaysia, thus the trucks we buy play a crucial role,” said Jaffar Abu Bakar.
Scania Malaysia delivered the Scania New Truck Generation P410B8x4NZ rigid type to Curio Pack Sdn Bhd (Curio Pack), an Integrated Logistics Solution Company that was incorporated in Malaysia in 1985.
The keys to the Scania truck was handed over by Services Director, Scania Southeast Asia, Thor Brenden to the Director of Curio Pack, Ngiam Chong Lee in a simple ceremony at Scania Malaysia’s Bukit Jelutong headquarters. “We decided on the Scania New Truck Generation rigid type as the configuration allows us to mount the crane for our operations and in Malaysia, this large high-tech crane masters extreme tasks and maximum loads just as easily as challenging precision work. This is crucial especially when part of our business involves lifting precision equipment at challenging environment,” stated Ngiam.
Aside from the New Truck Generation rigid type that was handed over today, Curio Pack has two other Scania trucks. The purchase of Scania New Truck Generation rigid type is a testament to the power, fuel economy and safety features Scania trucks have to offer. Apart from meeting the high standards that Curio Pack practices, the Scania trucks are also environmentally-friendly and will also, in the long-run, reduce the operations cost, giving better returns on the investment.
In addition, the Scania New Generation Truck rigid type was purchased with a hire purchase agreement with Scania Credit Malaysia giving Curio Pack a tailormade flexible financing solution to give predictable cost over the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. Curio Pack also enjoys two years Scania Assistance as well as ten years Scania Fleet Management system with the purchase of the Scania New Truck Generation rigid type. These services will provide Curio Pack with peace of mind in knowing that the Scania supports its customers and have their best interest in mind.
“We appreciate Curio Pack’s trust in Scania sustainable transport solutions to help provide the best profitability to his business and the environment. With a wide range of truck applications and a wide range of offering from Contracted Services to Data Driven Services, Scania will continue to support Curio Pack as usual, even during a Recovery Movement Control Order period,” said Thor Brenden.
Curio Pack is strategically represented in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam offering custom brokerage consultancy, turnkey project management, machinery and plant erection and installation, vacuum/VCI packing, warehousing and distribution.
Truck Venture Sdn Bhd, a new Isuzu Malaysia authorised dealer, has successfully made its first handover recently. An official handover ceremony was held at their showroom in Petaling Jaya, to commemorate the procurement of one unit of Isuzu ELF Light Duty 6-wheeler model by LOM Logistics Sdn Bhd.
LOM Logistics Sdn Bhd is a freight forwarding and transportation company, with its operation mainly focusing on the Water Transportation sector. The newly procured ELF Light Duty truck is a new addition to their current fleet, and is expected to strengthen their nationwide logistics presence.
The procured unit, an Isuzu ELF Light Duty 6-wheeler, offers ‘Smoother’ – Isuzu’s original automated manual transmission (AMT) that provides a more efficient and smoother driving experience, aside from reduced maintenance costs, improved fuel efficiency and a higher level of safety, resulting in a more cost-effective operation for businesses in the long run.
During the handover ceremony, Koji Nakamura, Chief Executive Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd, took the opportunity to convey his appreciation to LOM Logistics Sdn Bhd for their trust and support shown through their preference for the Isuzu brand name during this challenging economic period. Nakamura is confident that this procurement will further fortify LOM Logistics’ plans of business expansion.
Later, to commemorate the special occasion, Nakamura presented a symbolic mock key and an appreciation gift in the form of an Isuzu Miniature Truck to LOM Logistics Sdn Bhd Manager, Lee Sanghaag. The ceremony was also attended by Atsunori Murata, Chief Operations Officer of Isuzu Malaysia. Also in attendance were representatives from Truck Venture Sdn Bhd, including Loo Siok Yee, Consultant Director, and Loo Siok Hua, Sales Manager.
Truck Venture Sdn Bhd, which began its operation recently in May this year, offers Isuzu’s full commercial vehicle line-up, and is conveniently located in Section 51A, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.