The 40-ton trucks, made by Dutch manufacturer Terberg, cuts CO2 emissions by around 82 tons annually for the company.
BMW Group, along with its logistics partners ARS Altmann AG and SCHERM Group, has put into service three battery-electric trucks to transport finished cars and components from and to its home plant at Munich. The company employed the first electric truck in 2015, shunting between the SCHERM logistics center and the BMW plant eight times a day at a speed of 40 kmph. Satisfied with the truck´s efficiency and reliability, two more tractors with covered semi-trailers are pressed into work.
The electric truck on focus is a 65-tonne (GCW) Terberg YT202-EV terminal tractor. It is powered by a liquid-cooled, 3-phase synchronous motor of 614 V sourced from Siemens, generating a maximum power of 138 kW (188 hp) and a peak torque of 720 Nm. A fully automatic Allison 3000 Series transmission with a torque converter is in place to multiply the motor torque during start-up and acceleration. The battery pack with a capacity rating of 112/169 kWh is made up of Lithium ion magnesium phosphate (LFMP) cells. It takes about 3-4 hours to charge, to offer a driving range up to 160 kms. The truck can reach a maximum speed of 65 kmph.
Moreover, the transmission prevents power interruptions even with a smaller powertrain. Without this, a direct driveline with a larger and more powerful motors would have been necessary to haul the cargo. The Power Take-Off (PTO) feature of the Allison Transmission is used to drive the hydraulic pump, which saves an additional electric generator.
The e-trucks, as against similar diesel trucks, save about 82 tons of CO2 annually. In actual terms, since 2015, the first electric truck has completed over 3,000 trips and clocked over 17,000 km. That means more than 8,000 litres of diesel and 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide have been saved.
Longer wheelbase than Fiat Argo hatchback; likely to go on sale in Brazil by early next year.
For all those die-hard fans of Fiat cars, the all-new Cronos sedan that has just broken cover is of immense importance. Previously code-named as X6S, the Argo-based sedan is set to replace the aging Grand Siena and Linea models in the emerging markets. Although the new car is specific to the South American markets, FCA may extend the car to other similar markets including India in the upcoming years. The company has christened the next-generation budget sedan “Cronos”, the youngest leader of the first generation of Titans, the divine beings.
On the face of it, the Fiat Cronos maintains the personality and attributes of the Argo hatchback. It is neither sublime as the Tipo 4-door sedan, nor regrettably naive as a entry-level budget car. The front fascia is differentiated by its distinctive grille with a fine chrome louver and mesh backdrop. The wedge-shaped fog lamp cluster and chrome applique in the lower bumper adds to the enhanced impression, as against its hatchback sibling. The character lines on the hood and LED DRLs in the headlamps are borrowed from the hatch.
A high waist line and wheel arch creases augment the rear quarter panel design, while darkened B-pillar and nicely carved silhouette presents a respectable impression. Elongated wheelbase in comparison to the Argo is also evident. Over the rear, the `short back´ styled boot and high-held lid is one of the best designs in the segment. The tail lamp and LED graphics follow Argo´s approach, while the black underside patch on the lower bumper gives a muscular appeal to the sedan. The sedan, which stands on 10-spoke alloy wheels, also appears way taller than it actually is.
The Cronos will be offered in two trims – Drive and Precision. The Drive variants are powered by 1.3-litre Firefly petrol engine generating 101 hp power at 6,000 rpm and 13.7 kg.m torque at 3,250. The same unit makes 109 hp and 14.2 kgfm torque for the ethanol fuel. The Precision variants, on the other hand, boast 1.8-litre E.torQ petrol that can deliver 135 hp at 5,750 rpm and 18.8 kg.m at 3,750 rpm, with a boost of 4 hp for ethanol. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard for both the trims, but a 6-speed auto option is limited only to the Precision variants.
The new Fiat Cronos will be assembled at FCA´s facility in Argentina. The car will lock horns with Chevrolet Prisma, Hyundai HB20S, and Ford Ka + in the Brazilian market. The newly launched Volkswagen Virtus, Chevrolet Cobalt, and Honda City are also distant rivals for the car.
Tesla claims a 20 percent cut in running cost for every mile; production to begin from 2019.
Tesla, Inc.´s chairman and CEO Elon Musk is a man of big dreams. His vision for an all-electric ecosystem where automobiles, gadgets, and homes are run by clean energy is one such reverie. What is more, he enjoys a unique kind of clout (even cult) in the entire business world, where every industry heads, experts, and even governments pay keen attention whenever he put up a press meet! Together with the star status of Tesla in the automotive industry, he has revealed his yet another mammoth project to transform the trucking world – the battery-powered Tesla semi truck.
Why is he trying to convince (rather target) the trucking industry? He must have realised that making cars cleaner have a long way to go in his vision to cut global emissions, and trucks are perhaps the right way to make the endeavour effective. Heavy vehicles may account for a small share of vehicles on road, but may own up a huge burden of transportation-related green-house gas emissions, especially the NOx emissions that directly influence people´s health. Moreover, electrification of commercial vehicles is already acknowledged as the next big thing in the industry, and there is a huge potential for developing and commercializing reliable products and technology for the same. Musk must have done the math!
So what´s up the Tesla electric truck concept? Well, everything is frighteningly extraordinary! Although it is the regular battery-electric concept, the devil is in the detail. Take for instance the carbon fiber-made cab with all the jaunty character lines and stance. Tesla has made a great deal out of it, right from the drawing board to the way electronics are asked to play a prime role. The aerodynamic design promises greater drag efficiency than many of our cars, quite an essential trait for electric trucks. There is hardly any hood, the nose of the truck is way more vertical than we would have ever imagined. The “armor glass” windshield is explosion proof – yes, you read it right! On the whole, the exterior styling of the Tesla truck is not that of the truck, but of a high-speed bullet train!
On the inside, the cab looks like an airplane´s cockpit with no cluttered controls and indicators. All one can find is a centre-positioned driving seat and steering wheel (McLaren F1´s way!), and two large 15-inch touchscreens on its either sides. The cab is almost 6 foot, 6 inches high, therefore offers full-standing room inside. While the suicide doors will offer easier entry into the cab. It does seem like truck drivers may feel like liberated while living inside the cab!
The next biggie is the Enhanced AutoPilot suite, which is a semi-autonomous feature that can drive the truck by itself on the highways, be lane disciplined, and automatically brake in case of an emergency. A mix of radars and cameras are employed to assist this semi-autonomous driving technology. There are sensors on board the electric truck to sense any jackknifing and adjust power to the individual wheels to ensure stability.
The battery pack is located beneath the cab, stretching from the front axle to the second pair of rear wheels. Tesla says it has ensured its reliability and safety by way of reinforcing, to prevent any explosion or fire. They power the two electric motors on each rear axles, borrowed from Tesla Model S. We peg that the truck must deliver around 1,032 hp of power, way higher than its diesel rivals. The company claims that the truck can haul about 36 tonnes, with a driving range of around 804 kms (500 miles). How great the acceleration can be, as against a similar diesel truck? Elon Musk revealed that the electric big rig can reach 0-100 kmph (60 mph) in just 5 seconds, we do hope that he was not kidding.
The Tesla´s electric truck can use the company´s Supercharger network to get a range of as 640 kms (400 miles) with just 30 minutes of charging. The firm is tight-lipped on any other technical details and specs for now. What is quite amazing is the way Tesla is rethinking and redefining a heavy truck´s design and functionalities, by way of its electric powertrain and electronics. It blows away the mundane mind of trucking, puts in some alternative thoughts to ruminate. It is a new beginning, for sure!
The 2.2-litre mHawk engine now delivers 140 bhp power in S7 and S11 trims.
Mahindra has launched the updated MY 2018 Scorpio with a plethora of minor improvisations. This is the first mid-term facelift to the car´s third-generation model that is on sale since 2014. Apart from exterior and interior styling revisions, the engine has been tweaked to offer additional power and torque. Prices of the new Scorpio range start from INR 9.97 lakhs on wards, ex-showroom Delhi.
On the outside, the new Scorpio boasts the `toothed´ grille with chrome, which seems like inspired from that of Jeep Compass. The fog lamp housing and air intakes on the front bumper stands redesigned too. Other key changes include LED turn indicators in OVRMs, red lens LED tail lamps and redesigned number plate area with chrome garnish over the rear, tweaked skid plate, and the muscular-looking alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, new additions for the 2018 Scorpio include faux leather wrapped seats, steering wheel and gear lever, roof mounted sunglass holder, and a mobile holder slot. The 6-inch infotainment system remains untouched, but for the Reverse parking camera feature with dynamic assist. Other new features are 1-touch lane change indicator and auto window roll-up.
The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine under the hood has now been spruced-up to offer extra 20 hp power and 40 Nm torque over the previous model, making the output of 140 bhp and 320 Nm. This, along with the 6-speed gearbox, is available in the high-end S7 and S11 trims only. The Shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system is available only in the top-spec S11 variant. The Scorpio range is already available with micro-hybrid system, dual airbags, ABS, and panic brake indication.
Major revamp since Duster´s launch seven years ago; Indian launch likely next year.
Since its launch in 2010, Renault Duster has gained huge popularity in many global markets across Europe and Asia, with more than a million units sold. In India too, it is one of the earliest entrant in the compact SUV segment, gave quite a boost to the Renault brand. The company has now revealed the second-generation Duster SUV for global markets, with all-new exterior and interior styling, added equipment, and enhanced safety.
Design wise, the new Renault Duster now looks aggressive and robust visually. The styling is quite similar to the new Dacia Duster unveiled a couple of months ago, but certain unique aspects keep the cars apart. This includes the Renault´s distinctive Alaskan grille and large brand logo, emphasized hood, and well-integrated headlamps with C-shaped LED DRLs. Although the body shell still remains largely unchanged, the stance of the SUV is enhanced and the stability impression heightened.
The side profile is, again, largely carried over from the outgoing car, except for the black plastic trim on the front fender. Over the rear, changes are quite intense, especially the squared tail lamp scheme and nicely-carved number plate housing. The prominent skid plates up front and rear and the 17-inch alloys are also appealing.
On the inside, the new Duster boasts a quite balanced and suave layout. The sophisticated multi-functional 3-spoke steering wheel, rectangular aircon vents, andMediaNav Evolution touchscreen infotainment system are the highlights. The instrumentation cluster is reworked, the dials are trendy. There seems an improvement in cabin ergonomics and the quality of materials used inside. Key equipment additions includes multi-camera view with the centre-console screen, Blind Spot Warning, a 4×4 monitor, automatic climate control, automatic headlight activation, key-less entry and remote engine start.
The Renault Duster internationally gets two petrol and a diesel engine option, and their technical specs and power outputs remains unchanged. This includes a 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre 16V 145 PS petrol engine, and the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, mated either to 5-speed, 6-speed manuals, AMT, or CVT auto gearboxes. In India, the new Duster will continue to be powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines (85 and 110 PS), with existing gearbox options.
Four-stroke Jawa 350 OHC generates 27.73 PS of peak power at 6,500 rpm.
Last year, Mahindra and Mahindra´s subsidiary firm Classic Legends Private Limited (CLPL) became the licensee for the Jawa Moto brand of motorcycles based in Czech. Thus, the come back of the iconic two-wheeler marque that dominated the local market decades back was imminent. Pawan Goenka, MD of the home-grown auto conglomerate, in a recent interaction with MoneyControl, has´confirmed that the first Jawa model will be launched in the Indian market before the end of FY 2018-19, i.e. March 2019. Mahindra is also expected to preview the model at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo, Greater Noida, scheduled for February next year.
So, which motorcycle under Jawa brand are they referring to? It is most likely to be Jawa 350 OHC, a modern classic that was launched in Czech Republic just this year. The first impression that this bikes makes is, perhaps, nostalgic indulgence. It´s the retro-styling of the motorcycle, which in may ways reflects the original styling of the Jawa-CZ 350 of 1970s. This includes lots of chrome embellishments on the bodywork and minimalist design.
Powering the Jawa 350 OHC is a 397 cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike can deliver a max power of 27.73 PS at 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 30.6 Nm of at 5,000 rpm. Jawa Moto claims that the bike can make-out a top speed 130 kmph.
The Jawa 350 is ABS-assisted, in fact, the first motorcycle under the Czech marque to get the braking assistance technology. There is a 280 mm brake disc upfront, while a 160 mm drum brake does the job at the rear. The suspension system includes 150 mm telescopic forks and 80 mm telescopic shock at front and rear respectively. The 160 kg weighing bike gets electric start, tachometer, and 12-litre fuel tank capacity. The motorcycle, once launched, can absolutely make a strong rival for Royal Enfield 350 Classic and Bullet 350.
Powered by all-new 799 cc parallel-twin engine that makes 105 PS max power.
Get ready to burn some tyres for fun, KTM has unveiled the production-version of its aggressive street fighter 790 Duke at the on-going 2017 EICMA bike show at Milan, Italy. It has been a year since the company previewed the concept version of this motorcycle. The 790 Duke is expected to go on sale next year in the international markets, no word on its Indian launch yet. The Austria-based bike maker is tight-lipped on its pricing too. The 790 Duke´s prime rivals are Triumph Street Triple RS and Kawasaki Z900.
Design and styling wise, the new 790 Duke has been aggressively conceived, although the production-version is not as brute as the concept. Yet, the all-LED headlamp and the sharp tank spoiler looks energetic, while the straight lines all over the body work pose a thrilling impression on the beholder. The frame of the bike is a light-weight steel-trellis unit and is as compact as possible. The sportbike retains only the bare essential components and no accessories, so as to make it extremely track-pure and ready to race anytime. A full-colour TFT screen takes the place of the instrumentation area.
The 2018 KTM 790 Duke is powered by an all-new “LC8c” 799cc DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel-twin unit that has been compactly integrated into the airbox sub frame. The powertrain generates 105 PS of max power at 9,000 rpm and 86 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The 6-speed gearbox with pressure lubricated slipper clutch is in place to transmit the power the rear wheel, while two balancer shafts are employed to reduce vibration levels. Suspension system includes 43 mm WP fork up front that can be adjusted and a gas-filled mono shock with adjustable pre-load at the rear wheel.
In terms of tech features to aid the rider, KTM has equipped the 790 Duke with cornering ABS, an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), and lean-angle sensitive Traction Control, along with `Supermoto´ mode that can disengage rear ABS. A quick-shifter and launch control is available too, along with three riding modes excluding a `Track´ mode that can be customised.
Powered by RE´s all-new parallel-twin engine; Indian launch likely by June 2018.
At the just-begun 2017 EICMA bike show in Milan, Italy, legendary bike brand Royal Enfield has unveiled the all-new Interceptor 650, along with its “birth twin” RE Continental GT 650 Cafe racer. The two motorcycles are RE´s redefining products for 2018 – both modern classic type models that are likely to bring young and middle-aged clientele to the renowned brand.
Yes, like the Continental GT 650, the 2018 RE Interceptor 650 is also powered by the all-new 650 cc parallel-twin engine. The twin-cylinder mill is perhaps the most-promising engine from the RE´ stable, with cleaner, elegant, and light-weight qualities. The company says that it has taken quite an effort to churn out right exhaust tone and burble from its double silencers, there lies the individuality of these bikes, it brags. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine produces 47 bhp power at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It is fuel-injected, along with Digital Spark Ignition – TCI technology.
Design wise, the Interceptor looks versatile and charming, clubs both the classic feeling and modern attitude. The original British Enfield classic racer-inspired rounded-doom headlight, twin-dial instrumentation, and conjoined twin seat makes an interesting proposition. The bike stands on a dual cradle frame with a rear loop, while the front fork and twin-coil shock suspension has been designed for sporty handling.
The Interceptor weights 202 kgs, holds a slightly bigger fuel tank of 13.7 litres capacity than the Continental GT 650. The bikes seat height is at 804 mm, with a ground clearance of 174 mm. The ABS-assisted front and rear disc brakes are on the list too. Both the visual appearance and the technical specification of the Continental GT and Interceptor makes it clear that they are of same origin. Buyers now can choose the model that suits their lifestyles and aspirations, with similar ride and handling fun.
All-new RE cafe racer will go on sale in Europe by April 2018, Indian launch will follow suit.
The much-awaited motorcycle of this year, to all RE lovers and auto enthusiasts like me too, has finally broke the covers! The 2018 Royal Enfield Continental GT has received global premiere at the 2017 EICMA Milan motorcycle show that has just opened for the media. The bike has been unveiled alongside its “birth twin” RE Intercepter 650 – again a modern classic from RE. The year 2018 is going to be redefining for the legendary motorcycle brand, I realise!
The design of the new bikes does all the talking perhaps! The Continental GT 650, although appears a lot like its sibling Continental GT 535, boasts a new bodywork with a double cradle frame. The classic styling from the original British Enfield era is accentuated by neatly crafted fuel tank and upward pointing exhaust, along with the twin-dial instrumentation and handlebar. RE says that the design and R&D team has pooled all its experiences and resources while working on the bike´s key traits, like the steering rake degree, lean angle, seat height (790 mm)and ride height (174 mm). Both single seat and dual seat variants are available.
But the ultimate highlight of the new RE is its all-new 650 cc, 4-stroke, SOHC parallel-twin engine, which is also shared with its twin, the Intercepter 650. The fuel-injected engine generates a maximum power output of 47 bhp at 7,100 rpm and peak torque of 52 Nm is observed at 4,000 rpm. It is paired to a 6-speed transmission, also features Digital Spark Ignition – TCI technology.
The Continental GT 650 weighs 198 kgs, while the fuel tank capacity is at 12.5 litres. Front forks and twin-coil shock absorbers take care of the bike´s suspension, while the disc brakes on both the wheels are assisted by ABS technology. Thus, the light weighting and better handling dynamics of the bike is an assured guarantee. Three paint schemes are on the list too, including the Black Magic, Ice Queen, and Sea Nymph. Once launched in India, RE new motorcycle is likely to be priced around INR 3 Lakhs.
The budget cruiser is based on Suzuki Gixxer platform and features the same 155 cc engine.
The all-new Suzuki Intruder 150 has been launched in the Indian market, with a price tag of INR 98,340, ex-showroom, Delhi. Cashing on the lineage of the legendary Intruder range of cruisers, the new bike inherits the styling, sportiness, and youthfulness of the brand, claims Suzuki Two Wheelers. The Intruder 150 will take on its sole rival in the segment, the Bajaj Avenger 150.
Borrowing the design and styling cues from the Suzuki Intruder M1800R, the budget cruiser boasts large extension flanks and a character line that flows tills the pillion seat on the sides. The front cowl looks dynamic and premium, thanks to the Intruder styling headlamp with projector-type LED.
There is `Intruder´ badging on both the sides of the tank, while the engine cowl has been neatly executed to manifest an impressive overall look. The twin-exhaust pipes are unique in this segment, sporty as well. The rear tail lamp is all-LED, while the fully-digital instrumentation boasts rpm indicator to aid the rider in optimal gear shifts.
Using the same platform as the Gixxer, the Intruder 150 is powered by the same 154.9 cc 4-stroke single cylinder, SOHC air cooled and carbureted engine. It is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, again from the Gixxer range. The power output is at 14.8 PS at 8,000 rpm, with a peak torque of 14 Nm at 6,000 rpm.
The fuel-injected version of the Intruder 150 will take some time, expected before mid-2018. The bike features telescopic front suspension, while a swing-arm type unit is employed at the rear. Both the wheels are disc brake-enabled. The Intruder is now available in two paint schemes – Glass Sparkle Black/Matte Titanium Silver and Metallic Oort Grey/Metallic Matte Black.