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September 25, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Future Trucks are Electric. Autonomous. Connected. And Diesel.

As is evident at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, diesel is evolving in a big way to meet that challenge.

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To achieve the connected, efficient and sustainable vision for tomorrow’s commercial vehicles, let’s be sure to embrace innovation and opportunity in every form.



Imagine it’s 2025. You are in Hannover, Germany. What kind of commercial vehicles are on the road? Autonomous ones without drivers? Highly connected vehicles for sure. Some new electro-mobility light- and medium-duty trucks? You bet. And – to the surprise of some – most heavy-duty trucks will continue to be powered by the next generation of diesel technology.

As is evident at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, diesel is evolving in a big way to meet that challenge.

Electrified axles, advanced engine controls, de-NOx emissions control systems and advanced pressure fuel injection strategies from Bosch will further enhance efficiencies of the diesel engine. Second- and third-generation emissions control systems that are more compact in size, more efficient in performance, coupled with advanced dosing and SCR systems like those from Delphi, will also be at work to ensure diesel can meet demands for near-zero emissions. Advanced turbocharging technology from Honeywell Transportation Systems/Garrett will bring additional, vital percentage gains in efficiency, lower-emission advantages and performance enhancements to the diesel.

An electric-hybrid utility PowerDrive truck from Cummins will be at work combining the best of both worlds – internal combustion engines like diesel or natural gas coupled with plug-in electric power systems. This combination is shown to deliver emissions reductions of up to 80 percent with near-equal reductions in fuel costs, depending on drive cycle. Low-NOx and low-CO2 technology for advanced diesel engines design and production from Cummins highlights further methods of reducing carbon footprint and optimizing diesel power for the future.

Daimler Trucks’ future truck vision will be on full display – a series of Actros models sporting a wide range of powertrains with electrification, but also diesel power. Likewise, Volvo Trucks will be have more units powered by liquefied natural gas and electric, while the majority will continue to rely on diesel, as its customers also benefit from the new Volvo Connect service for drivers and fleet managers.

Isuzu’s new Visigo bus, sporting the latest innovations in advanced Euro 6 diesel engine technology for motor coach and bus transport for cities around the world, will also be at work.

To achieve the connected, efficient and sustainable vision for tomorrow’s commercial vehicles, let’s be sure to embrace innovation and opportunity in every form.  We shouldn’t lose sight of technologies that deliver climate progress on a wide scale – namely, the newest generation of diesel and internal combustion technologies.



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