Electric, hydrogen and solar propulsion in the spotlight at the IAA

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truck manufacturer Iveco unveils its large hydrogen-powered eDaily light commercial vehicle developed with Hyundai Motor at IAA Transportation 2022 in Hannover, Germany.

It is the first product resulting from the commercial partnership between the two companies signed at the beginning of the year in the field of zero-emission vehicles.

Hyundai will supply fuel cells developed by its hydrogen mobility brand HTWO to the new van as well as to bus operators in Europe.

The new eDaily, claiming a range of 217 miles (349 km) and a maximum payload of 3 tons (2,720 kg), is equipped with a 90 kW hydrogen fuel cell system and an electric motor of 140kW. The vehicle battery is supplied by FPT Industrial, Iveco’s transmission unit.

The truck and bus maker promises to develop a range of zero-emission vehicles after splitting from former parent company CNH Industrial earlier this year. It also has a joint venture with US electric truck maker Nikola to produce battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty trucks.

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz announces a new generation of high-performance batteries for the all-electric low-floor Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus.

The batteries, supplied under the abbreviation NMC°3, claim a 70% increase in power compared to the previous generation, which allows long autonomy without the need for opportunity charging – frequent charging for short periods. The first eCitaro buses equipped with the new generation batteries are expected to be delivered before the end of 2022.

These third-generation lithium-ion batteries are formulated around cells with a new high-energy lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide, liquid electrolyte and advanced graphite anode. The capacity of 4.93 Ah per battery cell results in a considerable increase in capacity of approximately 50% for the same weight.

ADF unveils new electric powertrain options for its XD and XF battery-electric heavy-duty trucks (picture below) equipped with state-of-the-art PACCAR electric motors with outputs up to 480 hp, a wide choice of batteries suited to specific roles and zero-emission ranges from 124 miles (200 km) to over 310 miles (500 km).

It also announces the establishment of an assembly plant for DAF electric trucks and that the XF is now available with day cabs and sleeper cabs.

Solar mobility car manufacturer PA Engines presents its complete range of technologies and solutions for buses, electric transporters and refrigerated vehicles. The Munich-based company’s solar-panel vehicles have been designed to allow integration into a variety of vehicle architectures and even curved surfaces such as a bus roof shoulder. For cargo-box type vehicles, Sono Motors develops flexible and lightweight sandwich panel body parts that guarantee seamless integration and optimal heat distribution. For the first time at a public event, Sono Motors presents the in-house developed solar charge controller, the MCU (MPPT Central Unit). The MCU has an intelligent algorithm that optimizes the energy yields of the solar panels.

Its retrofit solar bus kit claims to be optimized for the most common 39-footers. (12.9m) types of public transport buses in the European market, including the Mercedes-Benz Citaro and the MAN Lion’s City. The kit allows subsystems, such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, to be partially powered by renewable energy, saving fuel, CO2 and costs.

Sono claims it can save up to 396 US gallons (1,499 L) of diesel and up to 4 tonnes of CO2 per bus per year from the peak installation of around 1.4 kW with around 26 square feet. (2.4 m2) of solar panels. Bus fleet operators should see a potential payback of around 3 to 4 years, depending on days of operation and fuel prices, says Sono Solar.

Lars Löhle, Product Manager-Sono Solar, says: “Decision makers in municipalities and transport companies are under enormous pressure to make their fleets emission-free. In addition, they face a sharp rise in energy prices. Therefore, the solar bus kit is the ideal solution to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles today. »

Renault unveils its Trafic Van E-Tech Electrique, the first electric model of the best-selling Renault Trafic VUL. It boasts all the same goodness as its predecessor but with new safety features, a modern infotainment system and a bigger and better powertrain range.

The Trafic Van E-Tech Electric still offers best-in-class storage options, including lengths between 16.6 feet and 18 feet. (5,060 mm to 5,486 mm) and height from 6.45 ft (1,966 mm) to 8.2 ft (2,499 mm); volume from 19 ft2 (1.8 m²) to 29 ft². (2.7 m²); load lengths up to 13.6 ft (4145 mm) on the extended L2 version with “long load” hatch located in the bulkhead); a 90 kW electric motor with a towing capacity of 1,650 lbs. (748 kg) and load capacity up to 1.1 tons (998 kg); as well as a 52 kWh battery claiming a range of 149 miles (240 km) and a choice of three charging options.

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