At the recent New Truck Generation Test and Drive 2019 event at the MAEPS, Scania also had the handover ceremony of the New Truck Generation to two customers, Mekar Angkut Sdn Bhd (Mekar Angkut) and Tasik Bintang Transport and Trading Sdn Bhd (Tasik Bintang). Mekar Angkut, part of the Konsortium E-Mutiara group of companies, decided to purchase 5 G360A4X2NA Scania New Truck Generation as their first time purchase after being satisfied with the performance of Scania busses that are operating under Konsortium E-Mutiara.
On the other hand, Tasik Bintang, an existing Scania customer with 12 Scania trucks in their fleet, purchased a total of 9 New Truck Generation by Scania as a sign of confidence in the performance and reliability of Scania trucks.
Since the launch of the New Truck Generation, many transport and logistics companies have been purchasing the trucks as a show of the industry’s confidence in Scania as well as the increased industry focus towards sustainable transport solutions.
The foundation of Scania XT is a highly robust heavy-duty bumper that protrudes 150 millimetres in front of the cab front. It lends the vehicle a distinctive appearance that signals both strength and robustness. In addition, Scania XT customers can opt for different local interior and exterior trim packages, which contribute enhanced productivity and reinforce the impression of unyielding solid force.
Built for a hard life
The powerful bumper protrudes 150 millimetres and provides an attack angle of around 25 degrees, depending on the configuration in term of choice of tyres and chassis. In combination with a skid plate and headlamp protection mesh, the XT version has a particularly robust and rugged front, which easily copes with any fairly heavy impact or collision with objects without any damage to the underlying structure. At the centre there is an easily accessible towing bolt that is classified for 40 tonnes, which is welcome if the vehicle has to pull something out or should it need assistance when laden.
The New Truck Generation by Scania received overwhelming praises and positive responses from customers and guests during the New Truck Generation Test and Driver 2019 that was held at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).
For The Customers and Fans
The week-long event saw around 300 invited customers, guests, fans as well as members of the media flocking MAEPS to experience driving Scania’s New Truck Generation in a safe and controlled environment. Participants praised the performance and features of the New Truck Generation after having the chance to maneuver a Scania G410A6X2 New Truck Generation across two choices of routes within MAEPS.
One praise came from Alex Lai of Mansang Logistics Sdn Bhd who commented that “the features of the New Truck Generation have improved greatly from the older generation as many things have been simplified making the truck more user friendly, very comfortable and most importantly the clear visibility from the different angles.
The truck itself is more enhanced and very powerful. Safety feature such as the improved response from the braking system is also a plus point for Scania’s New Truck Generation.”
From the driver’s perspective, enhancements have been made to provide an enriched driver’s environment as noted by Mohamad Hasni from Yeap Transport and Trading Company.
“The cabin is one of a kind. Adjustable seat that is close to the door, ergonomic dashboard with touchscreen, and large windscreen with extended view make it easier for the driver to operate in a comfortable and safe environment. Scania has truly designed a truck that is focused on the customers and the drivers needs,” Mohamad Hasni elaborated.
“I am very grateful for all the guests who took the time to test & drive the New Truck Generation from Scania. I am even more inspired by the feedback that I have gotten from them. Our guests definitely saw the features that we can offer, felt the performance of the truck and also believe that this truck can help lower operating cost, increase revenue and profitability for their businesses,” stated Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director, Marie Sjödin Enström.
The New Truck Generation by Scania is the result of 10 years in development and SEK 20 billion (RM 10 billion) worth of investment with more than 12 million kilometres of test- driving. Launched earlier this year, the New Truck Generation is designed and engineered to give Scania truck owners better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions as it is equipped with advanced powertrain and aerodynamic solutions that consume an average of 3 percent less fuel. Other features of the New Truck Generation include new chassis design, extended storage options, and enhanced safety features such as the award- winning rollover side curtain airbags, which is a first in Malaysia.
“As a business, Scania has been at the forefront of providing sustainable transport solutions to our customers. Our New Truck Generation will serve as the vehicle to carry the momentum of economic progress with reduced carbon footprint as we work towards our new 2050 commitment of achieving net-zero emissions,” added Marie.
The Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo 2019 (MCVE) is back again at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Center (MIECC), covering an exhibition area of 8,000 sqm from today, the 20th to the 22nd of June 2019.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘The Future of Transportation in Malaysia’. Exhibitors such as Volvo, Scania, MAN Truck and Bus and Hino as well as new exhibitors such as Hengst and Giti Tyre were at the main hall showcasing their latest innovations.
MCVE remains and is the largest commercial vehicle exhibition in South East Asia and our new Deputy Minister of Transport, YB Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar was in attendance officiating the opening of the event at a packed morning media and guest event at the main entrance of the event hall.
Scania as always made the biggest noise at the event with the launch of the Scania Ecolution program.
Daihatsu showcased their business fleet program.
Volvo Trucks had their Uptime Promise.
Hino Motors brought their 6×2 Prime Mover; HINO 700 Series SR1E, and Hino full line-up light-duty truck, HINO 300 Series, new driving test (computer based); Driver Aptitude Test, and their HINO Poncho inner city bus.
MAN trucks showed their strength in brand presence
The Chinese truck brands were as colourful as always.
MCVE is organised by the Asian Trucker and the event also sees participants from truck accessories and aftermarket equipment.
Have you heard of ‘Ecolution’. This is a program by and from Scania truck and bus for reducing fuel consumption and emissions, and consequently, operating costs for transport/logistic companies.
With demand for goods transport on the rise, the transport industry in Malaysia is being challenged to manage that growth while reducing emissions and more importantly fuel consumption.
With a deep understanding of the customer’s operation as a whole, Scania join forces to push the limits of fuel reduction. The result is a significant contribution to operation’s bottom line for the customer, as well as a major cut in emissions. In a competitive industry with an increasing environmental awareness this is a true double-win scenario.
Ecolution by Scania has the potential to decrease fuel-consumption by more than 10 percent (for a logistics company this could be a saving in the thousands of ringgit every week). This can be done through a package of activities, including CO2 optimisedvehicles specified for the lowest fuel consumption, and thus reduced carbon dioxide emissions, Driver Training providing instructions in driving techniques that minimise fuel consumption, individual Driver Coaching based on vehicle and environmental reports from Scania Fleet Management and Maintenance+, a maintenance programme for maintaining low fuel consumption including checkpoints that are normally not included in a regular maintenance programme.
It is locally emission-free and almost silent. It combines the tried and tested platform of the Mercedes-Benz urban bus with new technological solutions. The fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro brings electromobility for urban buses to a whole new level. The new eCitaro uses innovative components now available for the first time for the eCitaro to achieve a previously unknown degree of energy efficiency. The performance of the eCitaro meets most of the requirements of the transport companies even at launch. Plus, it is already prepared for the battery technology of the future. And its design allows the basic shape of the Citaro to merge with elements of the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus into a distinct visual appearance of its own. It’s more than an urban bus: Mercedes-Benz takes a holistic approach to electromobility and integrates the eCitaro into the overall eMobility system.
The eCitaro: world premiere in 2018, already a success
The eCitaro impresses with its performance and comes at precisely the right time. Although it only celebrated its world premiere last autumn at the International Commercial Vehicle Show, it is already out and about on the roads of Hamburg, Berlin, Mannheim and Heidelberg. Mercedes-Benz recently received a major order for 56 eCitaro vehicles from Wiesbaden. It is the largest single order ever received in Germany for all-electric buses. Mercedes‑Benz is optimistic that further successes will follow soon. A fleet of demonstration buses which is currently showing the eCitaro’s qualities to transport companies on-location in Europe will play a part in this.
The tailor-made exclusive exterior of the eCitaro
The eCitaro benefits from the platform of the best-selling Citaro with more than 50,000 units sold all over the world. The eCitaro is a true Citaro – but a very special one; because its unique characteristics match its equally unique design.
This is already evident in the face of the eCitaro. Its centre-point is formed by the Mercedes star. Decorative elements emanate from the star, to the left and right. The model insignia with its blue letter “e” discreetly and yet unmistakably indicates the fully electric drive technology. The bumper and the model-specific three-dimensional A0 pillars neatly frame the face of the eCitaro. Another feature of the urban bus is the curve of its windscreen with the integrated destination display. Visually, the windscreen smoothly transitions into the roof with dark bars on the left and right.
The roof-mounted equipment on the eCitaro is concealed behind an elegant roof-edge ridge made of a multi-piece extruded aluminium section. The glossy black lower segment extends the generous side-window glazing of the urban bus. The upper segment is painted in the vehicle colour. These optical tricks lend the eCitaro perfect proportions.
A fusion of elegant and at the same time practical design
Overall, the eCitaro sports a solid appearance with clearly drawn contours and no showmanship whatsoever. At the same time, the new eCitaro is a truly practical bus. The eCitaro adopts the structure of the current model unchanged – a crucial factor in facilitating the repair of accident damage, for example. The curved windscreen comes from the Citaro Ü and is thus a common spare part. The roof-edge ridge at the sides is not only a two-part design, it is also segmented.
Interior: new coffered ceiling with high-tech lighting
In the passenger compartment, the eCitaro rings in a general update of the interior concerning the entire Citaro family. A stand-out feature in the interior is the coffered design ceiling above the centre aisle and the sweeping roof-edge flaps. They hide a new air circulation system with textile ducts in place of the current plastic air ducts. They are even easier and simpler to install.
The technology modules, as connectors between the individual elements of the coffered ceiling, are particularly noteworthy. They combine the interior lights and the loudspeakers in one element. In line with this step, the interior lights have also been switched over to LED technology as standard. The lighting is ingenious: the light of the LED lamps is refracted in a way to make the technology modules appear to the observer as one homogeneous light panel.
Another new feature is the black trim on the sills and window posts. As a result, the window posts stand out less, soothing the appearance of the side walls.
Proven electric axle, now up to twelve battery modules
The powertrain of the new eCitaro is based on the proven and optimised ZF AVE 130 electric portal axle with electric motors at the wheel hubs. The peak output of the motors is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 Nm. It is an inherent feature of such motors that this is fully available right from the start, ensuring appropriate dynamic performance even with a full complement of passengers.
Lithium-ion batteries supply the power. New: their total capacity is as high as 292 kWh. Background information: The batteries are now split between as many as twelve modules, instead of the initial ten, each supplying around 25 kWh. The basic equipment sees two battery modules on the vehicle roof plus four fitted at the rear. Depending on customer requirements, up to six further battery modules are mounted on the roof of the eCitaro.
With the full complement of twelve batteries, the eCitaro as a two-door model with standard equipment weighs around 14.1 tonnes with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 19.5 tonnes. This corresponds to seats for around 80 passengers – very practicable during rush hour.
Flexible charging technology: Charging at the depot as standard, optional current collector
The eCitaro’s charging technology also allows it to adjust to the individual wishes and requirements of the transport operators. For the start of series production, plug-in charging is envisaged. To this end, the urban bus features a socket for a Combo 2 plug above the front wheel arch on the right-hand side of the vehicle in the direction of travel.
If intermediate charging is required to extend the range, there will in future also be an option to charge the eCitaro via a current collector on the roof. This option will be gradually phased in, once series production has started. There will be two possible variants: In phase 1, an integral current collector (pantograph) on the roof; in phase 2, charging rails on the roof that will allow charging via a stationary current collector at a charging station.
Thermal management: new methods for heating and air conditioning
However, the battery capacity alone provides little indication of the actual performance capability and, above all, the range of an all-electric urban bus – the true measure is that of energy consumption. In the case of an urban bus, this is impacted significantly by climatic conditions and the need to cool and, above all, to heat the interior.
At an outside temperature of minus ten degrees Celsius, the energy consumption of an urban bus doubles compared to journeys where no heating is required. Therefore the engineers have carefully considered the issue of thermal management. Compared with the current Citaro with a combustion engine, the energy requirement for heating, ventilation and climate control has been reduced by about 40 percent. This exceptional energy efficiency provides the basis for the eCitaro’s practical operating range even under unfavourable conditions. This is accomplished with the use of innovative components that only reached market readiness in line with the eCitaro.
Heating featuring heat pump, networking of components
In the first instance, Mercedes-Benz cools the batteries to ensure that they remain at the ideal temperature, thereby ensuring maximum charging capacity, performance capability, and service life. At extreme outside temperatures, the passenger-compartment climate control system is used to boost the cooling of the batteries.
The passenger compartment of the eCitaro is heated in an energy-efficient manner by a heat pump. Even temperature distribution is ensured by using the familiar sidewall fan heaters. The conventional heater at the front is equipped with a double heat exchanger.
All components that give off heat are linked together, to keep the amount of energy required for their cooling to a minimum. Since the human body also gives off heat, the heating on a bus carrying a full complement of passengers can be turned down earlier. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz varies the output of the heating and climate control systems according to the number of passengers.
During the colder months, the roof-mounted air conditioning system is additionally used as a heat pump, ensuring effective and efficient climate control for the passenger compartment. The use of CO2 as a coolant brings further benefits. The particularly efficient use of the heat pump is impressive, even at very cold temperatures.
Another advantage: While the batteries are being charged in the depot, the vehicle interior can be pre-conditioned and even over-conditioned to the desired temperature. The bus will therefore have been heated or cooled to suit the seasonal conditions before it sets off.
Practical range even in tough conditions
Operating range figures for all-electric-powered urban buses are often difficult to compare. Mercedes-Benz prefers to consider a “worst-case scenario” and therefore takes its direction from the challenging standardised city driving cycle known as SORT 2 and includes the energy requirements of the auxiliary consumers in its calculations. According to this, the Citaro achieves an operating range of around 170 kilometres in summer. This means that even without intermediate charging, the eCitaro already covers about one third of all routes. Under ideal conditions, the eCitaro even drives around 280 km without intermediate charging.
Driver’s area: familiar cockpit with a power meter in place of a rev counter
Benefit for the eCitaro driver: cockpit and operating concept of the urban bus are largely unchanged – except that a power meter now replaces the rev counter. It displays the current power demand and/or energy recuperation rate. The driver also receives information about the charge status of the batteries. He or she can access the range, available power and a charging indicator on the central display.
In general, the performance is optimised for maximum efficiency, without the driver having to deal with major differences from the Citaro with combustion engine. For example, in the basic setting, the bus coasts in an energy-efficient manner when the driver takes her/ his foot off the accelerator pedal – it “glides”. Alternatively, the driver can use a multi-stage electric brake lever to set a basic deceleration rate – similar to the engine braking torque or the retarder effect of a diesel bus – as the energy recovery rate.
The future is electric: launch of an innovation initiative
As the development of battery technology is progressing at a rapid pace, the eCitaro is already designed to be transitioned to the battery technology of the future. This concerns for example the lithium-ion batteries currently in use. As things currently stand, the next generation with a larger capacity and resulting increased range will already be available for customers of the eCitaro in 2021. With a total capacity of up to 330 kWh, the eCitaro will then cover about 50 percent of all applications.
Another step already scheduled for the coming year envisages the optional use of future lithium-polymer batteries, also referred to as solid-state batteries. With this new battery technology, the eCitaro once again takes on a leading role, and is even among the pioneers in automotive construction. Solid state batteries are characterised by a particularly long service life and high energy density. With a nominal battery capacity of up to 441 kWh, the eCitaro would then be able to cover around 70 percent of all requirements without the need for intermediary charging. As a solobus, even when faced with the difficult demands of using all-electric heating in the winter months, the eCitaro can still cover more than 200 km in accordance with the SORT 2 testing method. The characteristics of solid-state batteries differ significantly from NMC batteries (lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt-oxide cells): They have a different shape, are more voluminous overall and are not suitable for quick-charging. Urban buses equipped with them are therefore suitable for other types of application. For this reason, the eCitaro will in future be offered with a choice of NMC or solid‑state batteries.
Subsequently, the range of the eCitaro will be increased yet again by a range extender in the form of a fuel cell for generating electricity. It will be designed to allow the eCitaro to fulfil nearly 100 percent of all requirements on urban buses. This technology eliminates the need for intermediate charging and the complex infrastructure required for it in almost all cases: The eCitaro will be able to replace combustion engine-powered urban buses almost one to one.
Welcome to the NXT future! Scania’s new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle is designed with the flexibility to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night.
In a bold display of innovation, Scania’s engineers have taken the company’s DNA – the modular system – to the next level in developing a concept vehicle that can change shape for varying urban assignments.
Countless cities are now catalysing change in urban transport, driven by the need for lower emissions and less congestion. Technological and infrastructural advances in electric and autonomous vehicles will be key enablers for cities when shifting to a sustainable transport system.
“NXT is a vision of the future for transport in cities. Several of these technologies have yet to fully mature but for us it’s been important to actually build a concept vehicle to visibly and technically demonstrate ideas of what is within reach,” says Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson. “NXT is designed for 2030 and beyond while incorporating several cutting-edge features that are already available.”
The eight-metre-long bus module is built as one composite unit, substantially reducing weight. The cylindrical cell batteries are placed under the floor, thereby utilising otherwise dead space as well as contributing to better weight distribution. With the low vehicle weight of less than eight tonnes, the range with present-day batteries is estimated at 245 kilometres.
“Continuous improvement in small steps has been the hallmark of Scania,” says Sjödin. “We are now taking a giant leap into the future. This vehicle will provide invaluable tangible data in our continued development of electrified autonomous vehicles.”
Volvo Trucks recently secured the sale of four units of its premium flagship heavy-duty truck, the Volvo FH16 model, to logistics player, Aman Logistik Sdn Bhd (Aman Logistik). A truck handover ceremony to celebrate the occasion was held recently and was attended by the senior management teams of both companies.
“The recent delivery of the Volvo FH16 trucks to Aman Logistik reflects a positive extension of our solid sales performance in 2018, where we are continuing the growth of our premium flagship heavy-duty Volvo FH series,” said Mitch Peden, Managing Director, Volvo Trucks Malaysia.
Aman Logistik is an integrated logistics solution provider for wide-ranging services covering land, sea and air consignments, including forwarding and warehousing. The company is recognised as a leading specialist in the transportation of heavy haulage and over-sized cargo, including beam launching and infrastructure works.
“Our business as a leading logistics provider of demanding heavy haulage requires us to use vehicles that are truly powerful, robust, safe and fuel efficient. It is crucial that the trucks add value to our business and customers, reduce operating costs and increase productivity over the vehicle’s lifetime,” commented Kenny Tee, Managing Director, Aman Logistik Sdn Bhd.
“We have also requested for Volvo Trucks to customize our trucks by adding a few more air tanks to facilitate the transportation of very heavy loads over long distance, which I am very pleased that they are able to do. With this, I believe the Volvo FH16 is the truck that we have been seeking for in our growing business,” added Tee.
“The Volvo FH16 is the ultimate machine for customers who demand extra capability, power and performance. As a premium heavy-duty truck, it offers massive torque and power, best-in-class fuel economy, reliability and safety,” said Peden.
He further added the Volvo FH16 is customisable to maximise productivity and can withstand the heaviest and most demanding operations on any road condition and terrain, and highly capable of handling deliveries of over-sized and super-heavy loads,”
Equipped with technology that creates ultimate onboard safety, a more economical driveline and high uptime, the Volvo FH series pushes the limits on what a premium truck can offer. “So far, the robust sale performance of Volvo FH indicates that this model is setting a benchmark in premium high-performance truck category and making measurable positive impact on our customers’ business profitability and competitive advantage,” he added.
One of the highly unique features of the Volvo FH16 is the I-Shift technology with ultra-low crawler gears which allows the truck to drive at speeds as low as 0.5-2kmph and start off from standstill while hauling 325 tonnes of payload. This technology offers a completely new opportunity for heavy trucks with automated transmissions to control their speed when hauling heavy loads. The improved drivability makes it much easier to operate in challenging terrains such as construction sites, mines or when driving up steep roads and hills.