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Scania’s new generation begins construction, Tesla prepares to go trucking and Cummins eyes electric future

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Scania’s new generation begins construction Scania has launched the all-new XT truck range specifically designed for the construction industry, and it is certainly attracting its share of attention.

The new construction range is the second stage in Scania’s introduction of new-generation trucks – the fruits of more than ten years of development with an investment exceeding €2 billion (R31,28 billion).

“This industry is facing increasing demands for sustainable and cost-effective production. Each component in the complex construction logistics process must adapt to higher standards of efficiency. The Scania XT is our contribution to this shift,” says Scania president and CEO Henrik Henriksson.

Following an extensive analysis of the multi-faceted construction industry, the XT range has been designed to meet the highly diverse transport assignments within the sector.

The XT treatment is applicable to the entire range of cab and engine specifications, from the smallest P-series cab to the spacious S-series cab. Customers can select engines with power outputs ranging from 208 to 544 kW (280 to 730 hp).

According to Scania, the introduction of the XT range marks the start of a targeted offensive with tailor-made solutions focused on demanding customers in Europe.

“We are putting a higher emphasis on construction,” states Henriksson. “We now have the right products, the right services and the right skills to match Scania’s leading position in long-distance vehicles.”

Transporters in the construction industry normally form part of a larger process, and it is crucial for them to avoid disruptions. In addition to tough and durable vehicles, Scania has, therefore, created an entire ecosystem of services to ensure uninterrupted deliveries while improving customers’ profitability.

“The global construction industry continues to grow and Scania now presents enhanced tools to meet the demand,” says Henriksson. “We are well aware of the slim margins for many hauliers in this business and we have developed vehicles and solutions to ensure sustained profitability,” he concludes.

Tesla prepares to go trucking

Electric car manufacturer Tesla is on the verge of unveiling its first heavy-duty electric truck. The reveal is scheduled to take place on October 26.

Tesla prepares to go truckingWhile details have been kept thin in the run up to that date, Forbes reports that “Tesla could bring many of its core strengths to the trucking market, including its autonomous driving technology and relatively low operating costs.”

“While a completely autonomous truck could be several years away, the company could offer some level of automation to help companies better manage their manpower costs,” Forbes reports.

Tesla CEO, South African-born Elon Musk, has indicated that the vehicle would have better torque than any diesel truck.

Musk has also indicated that series production of the truck could take place within 18 to 24 months.

Keep an eye on future issues for more details! 

eCanter whirrs in

On September 14, Daimler subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) launched the Fuso eCanter – the world’s first all-electric light-duty truck.

Cummins eyes electric future

Traditionally known for its expertise in the design and manufacture of diesel engines, Cummins has unveiled an all-electric powertrain fitted to a rather futuristic-looking semi-truck tractor. The brand aims to be “the global leader in powertrains”, offering customers a variety of power solutions to meet their particular needs

Cummins eyes electric futureThis was but one of the next-generation, energy-diverse products and technology solutions unveiled by the brand at the Cummins Technical Centre in Columbus, Indiana. The company displayed the latest in near-zero natural-gas engine technology, as well as “super-efficient” diesel engines, and shared plans to introduce a revolutionary heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022.

“As a global power leader for commercial and industrial customers we provide an unmatched service and support network, and we are better positioned than any other company to win in new and emerging technologies and in new markets,” says Rich Freeland, Cummins president and COO.

The new electric powertrain was the star of the show, though. The demonstration truck uses a 140-kWh battery pack, with the full powertrain weighing roughly the same as a 12-litre engine with its after-treatment system, transmission and fuel tank.

The concept truck has a range of about 160 km on a single charge for city driving, which is extendable to 480 km with additional battery packs. The gross vehicle mass rating is 34 t.

The powertrain and truck will enable Cummins to learn more about the potential electrification holds for larger vehicles.

It features many technical innovations, such a regenerative braking system and the potential for solar panels on the trailer roof, which can send energy to the battery pack. Air drag is reduced by replacing side mirrors with an in-dash camera system as well as a sealed truck body and underbody – with no front radiator intrusion.

“We will harness our global technical footprint to continue to develop a wide variety of power technologies to bring our customers the choice and solutions that enable their success and contribute to a sustainable future,” says Jennifer Rumsey, chief technical officer, Cummins Inc.


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