The biggest commercial vehicle fair closed in Hanover, Germany, end of September and exhibitors and also visitors can be pleased. Innovations regarding the EURO VI regulations have been presented and discussed as well as an alternative fuel. Vehicles become more aerodynamic, more fuel saving and much safer. In addition to all of it, a new product of the German TimoCom has been presented and released: Europe’s biggest warehousing exchange platform.
According to the organizers of the IAA, the fair attracted 9% more visitors then 2010, although South- and Western Europe struggle with the economic crisis. “That is a result, which must be regarded very positively, if you keep in mind the unstable economic situation” says one of the exhibitors. The transportation industry is one of the most important ones and very much dependent on economic trends. The wider a company is positioned on the global market, the easier it is to live through economic crisis.
Thanks to the new EURO VI regulation, less emission will be let out into the air. Nitrogen oxide emissions will be reduced by four fifth and the emissions of particulate matter will be cut by two thirds. So far only Daimler and SCANIA produce the EURO VI engines in series. Tests have shown that up to 5% of fuel can be saved. The tricky part concerning the EURO VI engines is the weight: the engine weighs 200KG more than usual engines so, at another end, the weight needs to be reduced.
Producer MAN presented his “dolphin” the Concept S at the IAA which is much more aerodynamic and futuristic than any other vehicle so far. Up to 25% of fuel can be saved. The price for Diesel increases steadily and manufacturers as well as companies and drivers try to reduce fuel consumption to cut costs. A cheap alternative to Diesel is LNG – liquefied natural gas which only costs a quarter of Diesel. Prototypes of vehicles with LNG engines have been tested and the same distance range as Diesel vehicles. The only drawback is the lack of gas stations offering LNG. LNG will be brought forward by Shell. Shell is going to install various stations for LNG. So far LNG hasn’t been promoted much and could not convince the industry due to a lack of infrastructure.
Another system which has been presented at the IAA is a new braking system to reduce rear-impact crashes. The new braking system will be compulsory for all vehicles more than eight tons from November 2013. It is a step in the right direction but it needs to be more consequent. “The truck has to slow down automatically a difference of 50Km/h when there is a moving obstruction and only 10km/h when there is a non-moving obstruction. 2016/2018 the regulations will be sharpened.
The warehouse exchange platform is developing really well. It is Europe’s biggest warehouse exchange platform which facilities daily life in merchandise and commerce.