Will many roads soon be taboo for conventional diesel trucks? Will carsharing be the new normal for city dwellers who think owning a car is old-fashioned? Will non-electrified delivery services be unthinkable in five years’ time?
As we enter an age of redefined mobility, overall economic parameters are changing too. Companies now think more carefully, and longer term, before purchasing vehicles. Deep changes are appearing on the horizon. Not just for heavy-duty trucks, but in particular for Last Mile deliveries and shared mobility.
CTI SYMPOSIUM accompanies the tech transformation – from idea to investment
There will be a dedicated lecture series in Berlin on Commercial Vehicles, and we are pleased to welcome two top-notch plenary speakers on the same topic: Christian Levin (COO, TRATON) and Jörg Sommer (CEO, StreetScooter). From project phase to successful marketing, the entire process of tech transformation will be analysed and discussed in depth. The pioneer of transformation is the commercial sector, which is implementing beneficial solutions flexibly, quickly and successfully.
Innovations in commercial vehicles – TRATON is backing TCO optimization
When someone asked Christian Levin (TRATON Group, Sweden) recently: “What does innovation mean to you?” he replied: “Innovation starts and ends with the customer. You don’t think, ‘Oh wow, an invention!’ It’s an ongoing process in which we make sure all our engineers understand the needs of our customers.”
The TRATON Group is part of the Volkswagen Group and includes the brands MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus. The company is a leading producer of heavy trucks for the global market, and has pledged to actively support the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement. Besides conventionally powered vehicles, TRATON also offers customers gas-powered, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric alternatives.
One the one hand, TRATON customers have complex and diverse needs. On the other, these all boil down to just three letters: TCO or Total Cost of Ownership. Heavy-duty trucks are capital goods, and purchasing decisions are based on rational criteria. Innovations are welcome, providing they benefit the bottom line. All three key innovation fields in commercial vehicles – connectivity, autonomous driving and electrification – benefit TCO demonstrably.
Plenary speaker Christian Levin will explain how in this way, TCO optimization and tech transformation go hand in hand. Besides TRATON and its customers, the general public will also benefit from seeing more trucks and buses around that use innovative, climate-friendly solutions.
StreetScooter thinks ahead – with new concepts for the last mile
As a subsidiary of Deutsche Post, StreetScooter knows all about logistics challenges. The hardest and most costly section is the ‘last mile’, i.e. the final leg to the customer’s door. More than 10,000 StreetScooter EVs now deliver parcels in Germany. The fleet has clocked up over 94 million kilometres, and the dedicated StreetScooter charging network comprises over 13,500 charging points.
Hence, all ears will be on Jörg Sommer (StreetScooter, Germany) when he presents his ideas in plenary for the future of the delivery business. He sees vehicles as just one part of a complex “last mile ecosystem” whose services will include offer data- and route management, linked to an enhanced charging infrastructure. New software solutions will be developed – even new approaches for obtaining and using energy. New types of EVs will be added to the product mix too, for example vehicles with hydrogen fuel cell technology for extended range.
Two announcements from 2019 show how far StreetScooter has already come with implementing these ideas. In May, Deutsche Post parcel service provider DHL presented the new H2 Panel Van for express deliveries. Developed by StreetScooter, it will be the first series-production 4.25-tonne electric van ever with a fuel cell drive. The 6-kilogram hydrogen tank extends the range to as much as 500 kilometres. Delivery of the first H2 Panel Vans is scheduled for as early as 2020. In September, Jörg Sommer signed an agreement with Chinese automaker Chery in Beijing, in the presence of Chancellor Merkel. The aim is to combine both companies’ expertise to co-develop, produce and internationally market an electric commercial vehicle (eLCV) for the last mile.
Young, smart, charming – is SVEN the future of car sharing?
In the spring of 2019, the prototype of SVEN (Shared Vehicle Electrical Native) turned heads at its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. This spectacular car was designed specifically for use in car sharing fleets. SVEN seats three passengers side-by-side, with practical sliding doors for comfortable entry and exit. Despite being so compact, SVEN offers 580 litres of luggage space with the bench seat folded down.
SVEN stands for relaxed, eco-friendly city driving, and targets a young, urban audience of potential car sharers. The car is simple and intuitive to drive, is fully networked, and has an app to store and retrieve personal user preferences such as temperature or music. The onboard camera and radar systems assist drivers today, and can be upgraded for autonomous driving later on. Car sharing companies will appreciate SVEN’s ease of maintenance, fast cleaning and low operating costs.
SVEN was invented by ‘share2drive’, a spin-off from the Aachen University of Applied Sciences that joined the FEV Group in 2017. Christian Kürten (FEV, Germany) will shed light on the complex development process behind the project. Obviously, space is the biggest challenge in a vehicle that’s just 2.5 metres long, yet built for three passengers. The vehicle front is designed for optimal crash performance, and the EV’s powertrain performance and battery capacity are tailored to the specific needs of car sharing operations. SVEN has a top speed of 120 km/h and a range of 140 km (WLTP). The project even factored in the inevitable parking damage: operators can repair minor bumps and scrapes themselves, easily and cost effectively.
Can SVEN help carsharing to break through, and will these cool three-seaters become as iconic as a London taxi? That would certainly be a good idea.
Heavy-duty specialist Emoss – a small OEM with great expertise
When it comes to converting heavy trucks to electric drive, Dutch company Emoss is one of the world’s most experienced and renowned specialists. In May 2019, MAN celebrated the handover of the first all-electric, 40-ton semi-trucks to the Swiss Hugelhofer Group. This logistics company is working towards CO2 neutral deliveries for its customers, and tasked Emoss with the conversion. The electric drive is also much quieter, especially on night shifts. By day, the truck can even recharge on the company’s own solar power. The powerful electric drive was specially configured for the tough conditions in the Swiss mountains.
In Berlin, Robert Alvarez (Emoss, The Netherlands) will present his company’s broad service portfolio for commercial and municipal users. Emoss supplies trucks from 7 to 25 tonnes gross vehicle weight. Semi-trucks are particularly successful, since they are ideal for inner-city logistics in environmental zones too. Without unpleasant vibration or engine noise, passengers are far more comfortable on the small city bus than they would be on a diesel equivalent.
Thanks to the modular design, Emoss can tailor every vehicle to the exact needs of each customer. With the right battery pack, real-life range can exceed 300 kilometres. Customers who need more can order an efficient range extender solution that runs on CNG or LPG. Emoss also develops and fits suitable drives for ancillary units powered directly from the vehicle batteries. To show its products pay off, the company provides a precise total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis that covers procurement, energy consumption and maintenance costs. Improving the bottom line is always a key goal, along with the inherent value a quiet, local emission-free electric drive adds.
CTI SYMPOSIUM GERMANY – combining theory and practice
Get up to speed on the latest technical innovations. Discover solutions your competitors might start using any day now. Leading OEMs will be there in Berlin to explain their strategies and present details of their very latest models. The large CTI SYMPOSIUM EXPO is extremely practical, with a large number of leading exhibitors. The CTI Award clears the stage for up-and-coming new talent, and participants can gain even more valuable insights by taking a CTI TEST DRIVE themselves. And our NETWORKING NIGHT is the ideal place to talk business in a relaxed atmosphere. We wish you an exciting, inspiring stay in Berlin!
Welcome to CTI SYMPOSIUM 2019 Berlin.
At the CTI SYMPOSIUM Berlin experts will discuss the following important areas in the plenary speeches and sessions:
- Customer in focus: optimising TCO and technology shifts at the same time (TRATON Group)
- Not just a truck: rethinking the last mile delivery business (StreetScooter GmbH)
- The drivetrain of SVEN – an electric vehicle dedicated for urban shared mobility (FEV Vehicle GmbH)
- Review on hybrid and full electric driveline integration for heavy duty applications (Emoss Mobile Systems BV)