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June 27, 2022 valueeng0

The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX beats its own efficiency record in real-world driving with another 1,000 km+ journey on a single battery charge. Following its record-breaking maiden drive from Stuttgart to Cassis (France) in April, the research vehicle set the bar even higher, with a 1,202-kilometre road trip from Stuttgart to Silverstone in the UK.

After negotiating an autobahn closure and demanding cross-country diversion near Stuttgart, the VISION EQXX crossed the French border near Strasbourg then cruised across northern France at highway speeds to Calais, where it boarded the Eurotunnel. Continuing its journey in the UK, it took the M25 around London then stopped off at Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix in Brackley. Waiting to greet it there were the Formula 1 and Formula E experts who helped develop its advanced drivetrain.

The VISION EQXX then carried on to Silverstone, where it was welcomed by special guest driver Nyck de Vries. The Dutchman, who races for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team, opted not to go easy on the research vehicle, taking it up to its maximum speed limit of 140 km/h on the iconic British race track. Making the most of the occasion, he completed 11 laps, using the last of the charge on the pit lane. Throughout the road trip, the VISION EQXX took advantage of its innovative thermal management system to achieve an average consumption of 8.3 kWh/100 km in the face of heavy traffic and summer temperatures.

As well as proving the effectiveness of Mercedes-Benz electric efficiency technologies in a wide range of real-life traffic scenarios, the VISION EQXX’s long-distance journeys on public roads provide R&D experts with valuable data for the ongoing development programme.

“The journey continues – even further, even more efficient! Yet again, the VISION EQXX has proven that it can easily cover more than 1,000 km on a single battery charge, this time faced with a whole different set of real-world conditions. As Mercedes-Benz strives to go all-electric by 2030 wherever market conditions allow, it is important to show to the world what can be achieved in real terms through a combination of cutting-edge technology, teamwork and determination,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer responsible for Development and Procurement.

VISION EQXX: the trip log in figures

Start Stuttgart Untertürkheim, June 21st, 2022, 08:15 CEST
Arrival Silverstone, June 22nd, 2022, 18:02 BST
Travel route Untertürkheim, Reims, Calais, Brackley
Driving distance 1,202 kilometres
Total driving time (over two days) 14 hours and 30 minutes
Average speed 83 km/h
Maximum speed 140 km/h
Average consumption 8.3 kWh per 100 km

Once is not enough 

In April this year, a record-breaking maiden road trip saw it cover 1,008 kilometres from Stuttgart to Cassis on the French Mediterranean coast. With temperatures ranging from a chilly 3 to a more springlike 18 degrees Celsius, it completed that journey with energy consumption of 8.7 kWh/100 km and a remaining range on arrival around 140 kilometres. But once is not enough.

To demonstrate true real-world capability and to take the development process to the next level, the engineering team are running a series of road trips to test the technology underpinning the VISION EQXX under different conditions.

Keeping a cool head – innovative and efficient thermal management

This time, the route profile did not come with lower temperatures nor the demanding energy usage and recuperation scenarios presented by the Alps. The main challenges on this trip were summer temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius, paired with increased traffic density around Stuttgart and in the southeast of England. Nevertheless, the VISION EQXX kept a cool head the whole way thanks to its innovative thermal management system.

The exceptional efficiency of the electric drive unit means it generates only minimal waste heat. This helps keep the thermal management system extremely small and lightweight. The carefully engineered interaction of aero-shutters, coolant valves and pumps ensures the electric drive unit maintains the most efficient temperature balance at minimum energy cost. It encompasses a combination of innovative air-flow management and a cooling plate installed in the vehicle floor, enabling it to take advantage of the air flowing along the underside of the VISION EQXX. This is the most aerodynamically efficient way of keeping the electric drive unit cool under normal conditions, allowing an increase in range of around two percent in the most aerodynamic mode.

High ambient temperatures and stop-and-go motorway traffic necessitated cooling of the electric drivetrain and passenger cabin. However, the on-demand cooling system took it all in its stride with no significant impact on range. The multi-source heat pump in the VISION EQXX proved highly efficient at keeping the cabin temperature cool in the warm summer weather. During the 14 hours and 30 minutes of driving time, the air conditioning was operational for just over eight hours, yet had a minimal negative impact on overall energy consumption.

Arrival at Silverstone – taking the chequered flag at 1,202 kilometres

On the home straight to Silverstone, the VISION EQXX paid a visit to the home of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team in Brackley, some 13 kilometres to the southwest, where it received an enthusiastic welcome from the team from Mercedes-AMG HPP and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix who played a pivotal role in its design. Working hand-in-hand with the engineering team in Stuttgart, the Formula 1 and Formula E specialists helped slash system losses in the drivetrain and develop a completely new compact and lightweight battery pack.

After a driver change, it was HPP’s Advanced Technology Director Adam Allsopp who took over at the wheel for the final leg to Silverstone. The significance of the drive to the racing circuit which hosted the very first Formula 1T Grand Prix in 1950 was not lost on him: “Driving this beacon of the future of electric mobility to the place where the Formula 1 story began, and where we’ve seen and contributed to some iconic Formula 1 races is personally very special. Completing the journey from Stuttgart to Silverstone on a single charge with even greater efficiency really evidences some great progress in accelerating the technologies underpinning our electrification strategy. The contribution made over the years by motorsports at Mercedes-Benz is significant and it makes us very proud,” says Allsopp.

Waiting at the track to greet the VISION EQXX was Mercedes-EQ Formula E racing driver Nyck de Vries. The 27-year-old Dutchman, who scored four Formula E wins in the last two seasons, has plenty of experience at coaxing every last drop of efficiency from an advanced electric drivetrain. However, he didn’t go easy on the VISION EQXX, taking it up to its maximum limited speed of 140 km/h at every opportunity on the fabled tarmac. He took the chequered flag after 11 laps, using up the last of the charge in the pit lane with 1,202 kilometres on the clock.“The VISION EQXX was a true pleasure to drive. I know what this team is capable of, and it was a real honour to drive such an amazing car on such a historic track,” says de Vries, adding with a smile: “And I can tell you that the interior is definitely a lot more luxurious than the cockpit of a Formula E car.”

VISION EQXX breaks own efficiency record on 1,202 km summer road trip from Stuttgart (Germany) to Silverstone (UK) on a single battery charge

VISION EQXX: the most important technical data at a glance

Energy content of the battery kWh < 100
Rated voltage volts > 900
Energy consumption kWh/100 km




Cd value   0.17
Front face 2.12
Power kW 180
Wheelbase mm 2,800
Length/width/height mm 4,975/1,870/1,348
Unladen vehicle weight kg 1,755


After weekend trip to Goodwood Festival of Speed, where next on the road trip into the electric future?

Following a brief recharge, the VISION EQXX continued on its way to HPP headquarters in Brixworth 33 kilometres away for an overnight stop, refresh and full recharge in preparation for its next outing this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Appearing at the renowned celebration of historic motorsports alongside other Mercedes icons of the past present and future, the VISION EQXX will also take its turn on the famous hill climb.

With two successful 1,000 km+ road trips under its belt, the VISION EQXX has well and truly justified its claim as the most efficient Mercedes ever built. But the story doesn’t end there. Work continues on the development of many VISION EQXX technologies for application in future series-production vehicles. For the team behind it, gathering invaluable real-life data, the most important question is: Where next?

Source: TFME


June 23, 2022 valueeng0

Amazon has opened its largest delivery station in Abu Dhabi as it prepares for a rush of orders during its upcoming Prime Day event in July.

Prime Day is one of the major sale events held by the site globally with 250 million items sold during 2021’s event alone.

The UAE saw a 140% increase in sales 12 months ago, and is expected to increase even further this year.

The new 4,700 sqm state-of-the-art delivery station, the second largest in the UAE, provides same-day and one-day deliveries to customers across the city, including those located in outer areas, such as Al Samha, Al Shawamekh, Yas and Saadiyat Islands, Bani Yas, and Al Wathba, explained Amazon in a statement.

“Amazon remains steadfast in its commitment to innovating on behalf of our customers. We pride ourselves on working alongside partners such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, who share our focus on innovation and providing the right resources and logistics to enable businesses and talent in Abu Dhabi to excel in the digital economy,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, VP, Amazon Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

“By empowering the wider ecommerce ecosystem to get products to customers faster and more conveniently, we are ultimately improving the shopping experience for all customers.”

Amazon is also working with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) ahead of the opening of its most technologically advanced Fulfillment Centre in the region in 2023.

Eng. Abdulla Abdul Aziz AlShamsi, acting director general, ADIO, said that the partnership between Amazon and ADIO reflects the ease of doing business in Abu Dhabi and the long-term growth opportunities available in the emirate.

He added: “Amazon supports our vision for sustained investment in innovation and is bringing the latest logistics technologies to the region. The opening of Amazon’s new delivery station and planned Fulfillment Centre in 2023 will establish Abu Dhabi as a major global hub for ecommerce and logistics.”

Supporting Abu Dhabi’s efforts to encourage innovation, the delivery station operates using Amazon’s global logistics technologies that are built on the company’s 20-plus years of operational expertise.

“Built within Abu Dhabi’s ecosystem of innovation, our new delivery station brings world-class last-mile technology to the logistics and supply chain sector in the capital,” explained Prashant Saran, Director of Operations for Amazon MENA.

“The range of jobs at this facility will help to nurture the city’s talent pool and prepare them for the digital future that Abu Dhabi is striding towards. Opening ahead of the upcoming Prime Day event taking place this July on, the facility and its technology enable us to continue to provide a seamless delivery experience for Prime members across the country.”




According to Amazon, the new delivery station creates opportunities for hundreds of full and part-time employees in a range of jobs with all kinds of experience, education, background, and skills: “From delivery station associates to positions in operations, health and safety, supply chain technology, and analytics, all employees are eligible for training programs that will upskill UAE talent in the future-facing ecommerce sector. The station will also create new opportunities for Delivery Service Partners in the country.”

Source: TFME


June 23, 2022 valueeng0

Since 2020, global supply chains have been faced with exceptional political, social and economic circumstances due to the pandemic, the semiconductor shortage and the Russia-Ukraine war. Lamborghini’s resilience ensured that the company remained extremely solid as it not only took on these challenges but also achieved record-breaking results on the sales and financial fronts. What strategy did Lamborghini adopt to ensure that production could continue uninterrupted? What approach is it taking as it prepares for the future?

These were the topics discussed with Silvano Michieli, the chief procurement officer at Automobili Lamborghini, along with the exemplary cooperation with the Ukrainian supplier Leoni.

How is Lamborghini reacting to the supply chain challenges presented by the current geopolitical situation?

First Covid, then the issue with semiconductors, not to mention the conflict in Ukraine and protectionist policies: against this backdrop, Lamborghini has been taking risk limitation measures and securing its supply chain. One of the main initiatives that we’ve taken here has been to forge even closer ties with some of our strategic suppliers, going from a more traditional supplier/client relationship to one that’s more of a partnership. At the same time, we revise our processes to a more proactive, analytical approach. This will enable us to anticipate any new problems in the industry.

Referring specifically to the war in Ukraine, Lamborghini is in close contact with its suppliers in the country thanks to an emergency task force established by the Volkswagen Group that is responsible for ensuring that a steady flow of supplies continues to arrive. One of the stories that has emerged concerns is the cooperation with Leoni, which produces wiring for the Huracán in the West of the country.

How are Lamborghini suppliers selected? What are the necessary indicators and other requirements?

We place great importance on checking the financial reliability and sustainability of our suppliers and their supply chains. While the economic side of things must be considered, at the same time we’re having to deal with significant financial strain caused by the series of global crises that we’ve seen in recent years. As well as the margins, we now also look very closely into the solidity of our suppliers. The increasingly partnership-like nature of the relationships that we tend to establish enables them to learn about our requirements from the very beginning and optimise future supplies in terms of times and costs. In addition to financial stability, we also pay close attention to development performance and innovations, quality and logistics in terms of delivery security.

One of the keys to the success and high standards of the Lamborghini procurement strategy is the balanced blend between extremely well-organized big suppliers with connections to the Volkswagen Group that can provide certain forms of technology or specific components, and a number of smaller but highly specialized suppliers that can provide specific products for the unique Lamborghini manufacturing systems.

Lamborghini is part of the Volkswagen Group. In terms of synergy, what are the greatest benefits that this brings to the supply chain?

There are considerable advantages to being part of a group like Volkswagen and this is demonstrated by situations such as the semiconductor shortage. Lamborghini has one of the highest contribution margins in the group, so it is prioritized when it comes to supplies. In addition, the group gives us access to a number of forms of technology that play a crucial role in our evolution

From current challenges to future prospects: at present, Lamborghini is reorganising stock management along its supply chain because it realizes that in the future the biggest risk of irregular supplies will be with the core materials and components, which play the most decisive role in the whole production cycle.

Globalisation as we know it is set to change. Many economists and historians are talking about a decline in globalisation and the start of a deglobalization trend. What’s your point of view on the matter?

I think that phenomena like globalisation are irreversible. Numerous geographical areas contribute to the production cycles of items that are made today. In my opinion, an extreme form of deglobalization is a Utopian, short-sighted idea. I’m more of a believer in rethinking the current supply processes and outlooks, which are in any case undergoing a natural evolution in the industry due to the new circumstances.

Source: TFME

June 23, 2022 valueeng0

Hyundai Construction Equipment has introduced two articulated dump truck models to its growing line of heavy construction and earthmoving equipment.

The HA30A and HA45A have rated payloads of 28 tonnes and 41 tonnes respectively, providing an ideal haul truck match for Hyundai’s larger crawler excavators and wheeled loaders.

Aimed at the popular 30t and 45t sectors, the HA30A and HA45A are built around a full-time six-wheel drive concept, with front and rear limited slip differentials and a longitudinal differential that can be manually locked, for maximum drive and traction on difficult terrain.

According to the company, the new trucks have a compact chassis design, “to aid manoeuvrability”, with a sloping rear frame and a front-mounted differential integrated into the ZF transmission, “allowing for a shorter front frame section.”

“This results in the smallest turning radius in the sector and outstanding stability. Self-levelling hydro-gas suspension on the front axle further supports a comfortable ride, delivering maximum tractability in tough ground conditions,” Hyundai CE added.

The HA30A and HA45A are equipped with a full hydraulic retarder, combined with an electronic engine brake as standard. This supports the oil-cooled wet disc brakes to achieve an extended service lifetime of up to 15,000 hours. Among other features, the trucks are supplied with a gradient metre, with flip-over protection and a Body Over Centre of Gravity function, to assist drivers when tipping and operating on rough terrain.

The two ADTs are the first visible sign of the new cooperation between Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe (HCEE) and Hyundai Doosan Infracore (HDI), since the purchase of the Doosan business last year by Hyundai Heavy Industries Group. HCEE and HDI now operate as separate divisions within Hyundai Genuine, maintaining their independent management and dealer network structures.

Source: TFME

June 20, 2022 valueeng0

The preagenda featuring the scheduled presentations and panel discussions for the upcoming Fleet and Mobility Summit is now live on the event’s official website.

Detailing the likely line-up for the new event, including session overviews and themes, the preagenda previews the event’s major concept of how technology is re-shaping transportation, mobility and professional fleet services.

“From the rise of on-demand passenger services to last mile deliveries, I  believe that by bringing key stakeholders and professionals together we can extend each other’s expertise and shape the mobility sector for years to come,” said Truck and Fleet’s head of content Stephen White.

He added that the preagenda is a call to action for experts and speakers to join the programme.

“Today’s announcement sets the agenda in more ways than one and far beyond the event. I believe we are addressing most of the major issues for established and emerging fleets when it comes to understanding mobility. This is a critical moment in the market where mistakes will be made and opportunities missed, so I invite anyone with expertise in the topics to put themselves forward to speak at the event.”

Important dates:

Submission of paper proposals – 9th July
Panellist confirmations – 9th August
Fleet Mobility Summit – 21st September

If you would like to participate or suggest a fellow professional you feel will enhance the event, please contact Stephen White, head of content, Fleet Mobility Summit 2022

Source: TFME

June 20, 2022 valueeng0

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles are launching a serious challenge in the race to get greener vehicles on our roads, according to Juniper Research.

The research identified hydrogen vehicles as an increasingly viable alternative to BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles). The potential for enhanced range and rapid refuelling compares favourably with BEVs; reducing customer anxieties around BEV ownership. These positives have led to significant investment by car manufacturers, including Hyundai, Toyota and BMW, and this will translate into an increasingly popular and available product over the next 5 years.

The findings of its new research are detailed in its new whitepaper Why Hydrogen Vehicles are Ready for the Mainstream

The research forecasts that the consumer market will lead the hydrogen vehicles space, with consumer vehicles accounting for over 60% of hydrogen vehicles in service globally in 2027. The report identified the nascent development stage of many commercial vehicle types and the high average cost of hydrogen powered commercial vehicles, at over $70,000 globally in 2022, as key factors limiting adoption.

Research co-author Olivia Williams explained: “Manufacturers will need to make hydrogen vehicles more affordable to become viable for fleets, but increased range and suitability for heavy goods transport will ultimately drive growth and economies of scale.”

Additionally, the report identified the low availability of fuelling infrastructure as a key challenge for wider adoption, but highlighted heavy industry investment as key to reducing this concern over the next 5 years. The report recommends that infrastructure vendors provide ‘green’ hydrogen, produced using renewable energy sources, to best take advantage of concerns around the environment driving the adoption of alternative fuels.

Source: TFME


June 20, 2022 valueeng0

Imagine a truck that only emits water vapor, produces its own electricity onboard and has a range of up to 1 000 km. It’s possible with fuel cells powered by hydrogen, and FCEV has started to test vehicles using this new technology.

To decarbonise transport, Volvo Trucks already today offers battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas. In the second half of this decade, a third CO2-neutral option will be added to its product portfolio – fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen.

“We have been developing this technology for some years now, and it feels great to see the first trucks successfully running on the test track. The combination of battery electric and fuel cell electric will enable our customers to completely eliminate CO2 exhaust emissions from their trucks, no matter transport assignments,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

The fuel cell electric trucks will have an operational range comparable to many diesel trucks – up to 1000 km – and a refueling time of less than 15 minutes. The total weight can be around 65 tons or even higher, and the two fuel cells have the capacity to generate 300 kW of electricity onboard.

Customer pilots will start in a few years from now and commercialisation is planned for the latter part of this decade.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks will be especially suitable for long distances and heavy, energy-demanding assignments. They could also be an option in countries where battery charging possibilities are limited,” says Roger Alm.

Generates its own electricity

A fuel cell generates its own electricity from the hydrogen onboard instead of being charged from an external source. The only biproduct emitted is water vapor.

Fuel cells delivered by cellcentric

The fuel cells will be supplied by cellcentric – the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG. Cellcentric will build one of Europe’s largest series production facilities for fuel-cells, specially developed for heavy vehicles.

More green hydrogen needed

Fuel cell technology is still in an early phase of development and there are many benefits with the new technology, but also some challenges ahead. One of them is large-scale supply of green hydrogen. Another is the fact that refueling infrastructure for heavy vehicles is yet to be developed.

“We expect the supply of green hydrogen to increase significantly during the next couple of years, since many industries will depend on it to reduce CO2. However, we cannot wait to decarbonise transport, we are already running late. So, my clear message to all transport companies is to start the journey today with battery electric, biogas and the other options available. The fuel cell trucks will then be an important complement for longer and heavier transports in a few years from now”, says Roger Alm.


Source: TFME

June 20, 2022 valueeng0

The Dubai Court of Appeal has dismissed the claims of Nissan’s former joint-venture partner Al Dahana FZCO against the Japanese brand following the dissolving of Nissan Gulf FZCO in 2019.

The comprehensive judgement in favor of Nissan reverses an earlier ruling in favour of the Dubai-based automotive retailer and distributor of vehicles and spare parts made by the Dubai Court of the First Instance.

Nissan has welcomed the 8 June, 2022 judgement from the Dubai Court of Appeal ruling in its favour which effectively closes the long-running legal case brought by its former distribution partner.

“We welcome the judgement from the Dubai Court of Appeal, which means that Nissan has now been successful in defending a broad range of different claims from Al Dahana,” said Thierry Sabbagh, president, Nissan Saudi Arabia and managing director, Nissan Middle East FZE, in a statement.

“Throughout this period we have been confident that Nissan has acted properly and now we can move forwards with the support of our employees, customers and valued partners in the region.

“The Middle East has strategic importance for Nissan, where nearly 30 years ago we were the first Japanese carmaker to establish a regional headquarters. Having celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Nissan Patrol at Expo 2020 Dubai last December as the official automotive partner, we’re extremely proud of our heritage, and of the essential part that Dubai will continue to play in Nissan’s success.”

Source: TFME

June 20, 2022 valueeng0

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) has signed an agreement with Al Ain Municipality for “enhancing cooperation and coordination in developing services for the transport, treatment, and proper disposal of slaughterhouse waste and fallen stock.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Tadweer will be responsible for collecting and transporting fallen stock and slaughterhouse waste in Al Ain City to its treatment plants, where they will be treated and disposed of safely, the organisations explained in a statement.

The operator has an incinerator plant for fallen stock in Al Ain City, which receives waste collected at and transported from municipal slaughterhouses and livestock markets in the city. The incinerator has two lines with a capacity of 650 kg per hour each. The incineration process is carried out in two stages: the first at a temperature of 850 degrees Celsius, then at around 850-900 degrees to ensure that bacteria and the threat of contagious diseases are eliminated, ensuring a healthy environment for society.

Tadweer added that it will also apply hygiene, disinfection, and sterilisation procedures to slaughterhouse containers and livestock markets, providing annual data on waste and fallen stock received at the its plants, and sharing the Centre’s studies and research on dealing with animal waste.

Tadweer will also hold awareness workshops for those in charge of slaughterhouse and livestock markets to ensure their commitment to applying the best practices in this field and enrol them in E-Manifest system (Bolisaty) online system, which contributes to building an integrated waste database in Abu Dhabi.

“The agreement reflects the Center’s commitment to supporting joint action and building partnerships with relevant parties in order to unify efforts towards providing a healthy and safe environment in Abu Dhabi,” commented HE Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, director general of Tadweer. “This comes in line with Tadweer’s efforts for achieving the national objectives that seek to divert waste away from landfills, employ environmental and technological solutions that support the national economy, and contribute to providing a sustainable system for waste management and pest control in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

He added: “Through our cooperation with Al Ain City Municipality, we look forward to developing the services for transporting the waste produced by Al Ain slaughterhouses and fallen stock and disposing of them properly, in accordance with the top criteria and practices. We also aim to raise awareness about the proper methods of disposing of waste, in order to ensure the health and safety of the society and limit the impact of improper disposal of fallen stock and waste produced by slaughterhouses and livestock markets.”

Source: TFME

June 16, 2022 valueeng0

Is transportation in the region really ready to be electrified? And how much is the rise of fuel affecting your business?

Truck and Fleet Middle East is surveying the B2B automotive sector and the transport and logistics industry to get a greater understanding of the current state-of-play regarding electric vehicle adoption and other aspects of new mobility in the market.

You can answer the survey by clicking the link here.

We would be honoured to get your own thoughts by answering the questions we have put together.

The results from the survey will be shared in the 100th issue of Truck and Fleet Middle East later this summer and the upcoming Fleet and Mobility Summit in September.

And don’t forget, you can also share your thoughts on Truck and Fleet’s LinkedIn page.

Source: TFME