This week, the Torque team were at IAA 2018 in Hanover, supporting both Continental and DAF. While Continental used the show to present its new ContiConnect Live system and its new e.MotionPro tyre, DAF’s stand centred around a line-up of three new low-emission trucks. Take a look at our roundup below…

Continental

Demonstrating its expertise beyond tyres, Continental used the IAA to present ContiConnect Live. Available in Q2 2019, the technology immediately informs operators of truck and bus fleets if there is a problem with the temperature or pressure of a tyre, even when the vehicle is on the road. The data is transferred to servers and the web portal via the new ContiConnect Driver app. Before the end of this year, the app will be able to show tyre information on Daimler Fleetboard and TomTom Telematics, as well as other Android devices, initially in the driver’s cab.

ContiConnect Live presents an extension to its existing digital tyre monitoring platform, building on the success of ContiConnect Yard. Launched across Europe last year and more recently in the UK this year, the system measures the pressure of tyres using a yard reader station in the fleet yard.

Also on the IAA stand was the new Conti e.MotionPro tyre, developed for the MAN CitE electric truck. The tyre is a response to the expanded requirements of new vehicle concepts. Optimising a vehicles’ range requires low energy consumption and low rolling resistance, and new vehicle concepts also mean a different centre of gravity, heel loads and torques. These, as well as increased load capacity and tractive power, present challenges for the load capacity and wear resistance of the tyres. Continental wants to develop specialised tyres such as the e.MotionPro for the start of production of electric vehicles.

DAF

DAF Trucks showcased its full product and services range under the theme ‘Proud of our heritage, leading today, ready for the future’. In addition to the LF, CF and XF, the manufacturer its LF Electric, CF Electric and CF Hybrid Innovation trucks, strengthening its position in fuel efficiency and low emissions. Developed to improve air quality in cities and reduce CO2 emissions, the vehicles play a key role in the DAF’s vision of future transport.

The DAF LF Electric is a 19-tonne fully electric truck with a 195 kW/266 hp electric motor. The motor is powered by a battery pack of up to 222 kWh, providing a range of up to 220 kilometres when the truck is fully laden. As the battery pack is modular, capacity can be scaled to the range required by customers.

The DAF CF Electric is a zero emission solution for urban distribution requiring higher payloads and volumes. The vehicle is a 4×2 tractor unit for up to 37-tonne gross combined weight applications. At the centre of the powertrain is the 210 kW/286 hp electric motor, which gets its energy from the 170 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.  The CF Electric has a range of approximately 100 kilometres. The batteries can be quick charged in 30 minutes, or a fully charged in 1.5 hours. Freight loading and unloading time can be used to charge the battery pack.

The DAF CF Hybrid has been developed for driving electrically with zero emissions in urban areas, while offering a much longer range to operate beyond those urban areas by using clean diesel technology. The vehicle features the 10.8 litre PACCAR MX-11 engine (330 kW/450 hp) and ZF electric motor (75 kW/100 hp). The electric motor is powered by an 85 kWh battery pack, which allows for a full electric, zero emission range of 30 to 50 kilometres, depending on the gross combination weight. The batteries can be charged by the diesel engine during on-highway operations, and by using a DC charger at a charging location. The vehicle is designed with a fast charge capability that takes 30 minutes for a full charge and only 20 minutes for a charge of up to 80%.

This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.