The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter made its debut 25 years ago. To mark its premiere at the beginning of 1995, the brand sent 500 units of the completely newly constructed van from the Düsseldorf factory on a rally to the sales offices. With disc brakes on the front and rear wheels, ABS anti-lock braking system including ABD automatic brake differential, streamlined body, low consumption and many other properties, the Sprinter set standards in terms of safety, efficiency and comfort – qualities associated with successive Sprinter generations.
ACCIONA's electric vehicle, which made history after crossing the finish line in the Dakar rally, was displayed at several official institutions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, so that amateurs and professionals could approach the company's sustainable concept, the 4x4 and its technological innovations. The ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered vehicle's route started at Ibn Khaldun School of Riyadh, followed by a display at the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), concluded at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). The two-day tour through Riyadh was the culmination of the ACCIONA's 100% EcoPowered's expedition through Saudi Arabia, one month after the country's first Dakar.
MAN Truck & Bus has launched a completely newly developed truck generation for the first time in 20 years. Following in the footsteps of the MAN TGA series which was presented in 2000, the new MAN truck generation brings a new level of comfort, safety, connectivity and digitalisation to MAN’s existing TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX series of trucks ranging from 7.5 to 41 tonnes.
Pictures: Demag CC 8800-1 lattice boom crawler crane helps lift 100-meter-long, 510-tonne C3 splitter tower in Singapore
Crane service provider Tiong Woon configured its Demag CC 8800-1 with a boom booster, enabling the crane to carry out the demanding tandem lift together with a Demag CC 2800-1 at the Singapore Refinery Company propylene manufacturing plant.
Pictures: Wolffkran to present the Wolff 166 B US hydraulic luffing jib crane at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020
After the introduction of Wolff luffing and saddle jib cranes with middle to high lift capacities for the US market, Wolffkran is now following suit with one of its smaller luffing jib cranes, the Wolff 166 B. The new crane is compliant to US electrical standards and all US requirements regarding structural components, naming it Wolff 166 B US.
The Kamaz-master race team won the gold and silver medals at the 2020 Dakar Rally, the 42nd edition of the race and the first to be held in Saudi Arabia. The race which started in Jeddah on 5 January and finished in Qiddiya on 17 January involved 12 stages of competition across 7,500 km, including 5,000 km of special stages, five of them longer than 450 km. With 17 wins the Kamaz-master holds the greatest number of wins in Dakar.
Austrian logistics service provider Lagermax is using the new Actros as an open car transporter. The Lagermax group of companies owns 55 branches in twelve European countries. The segment of the group with the highest turnover is the car transportation business and its related services. A surface area of around two million square metres is used by the company for the storage of new cars. The company's fleet comprises more than 500 trucks owned by the group, plus the vehicles owned and driven by contractors.
The new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is initially being offered as a panel van and a permissible gross mass of 3500 kilograms. Its maximum loading volume is 10.5 m3, the same as for the Sprinter with a combustion engine. As with the entry-level diesel engine, the electric drive in the eSprinter drives the front wheels with an output of 85 kW and a torque figure of up to 295 newton metres. A flexible payload and battery concept moreover allow adaptation to individual needs for practical use. The range with a utilisable battery capacity of 47 kWh (installed: 55 kWh) is 168 kilometres with a maximum load of 891 kilograms. The range has been determined on the basis of Directive 692/2008/EC. The range is dependent on the vehicle configuration. The actual range is also dependent on the individual driving style, road and traffic conditions, the outside temperature, use of the air conditioning system/heating and may differ. A second battery option takes into account other priorities in the use parameters: the configuration with a utilisable capacity of 35 kWh (installed: 41 kWh) allows a range of 115 kilometres. In turn, the maximum load rises to 1045 kilograms. The integrated quick-charge function also ensures flexibility, which enables around 80% of the energy to be recharged within 30 minutes. The maximum speed can be configured to suit the task in hand: the maximum speed can be set at 80 km/h, 100 km/h or even as much as 120 km/h.
Since June 2019, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been supplying the new Actros with the MirrorCam as a standard feature. The MirrorCam consists of two cameras mounted on the left and right of the roof frame, two upright monitors mounted on the A-pillars in the driver's cab and control elements in the door module and in the secondary display. There are also buttons on the passenger side and by the bed to switch on the MirrorCam when the engine is switched off. The images transmitted by the cameras are transferred to the two 15.2-inch monitors with a resolution of 720 x 1920 pixels. Like the conventional mirror system, the monitor image is divided into a main and wide-angle field of vision.
Scania has launched a new generation of buses for city and suburban operations. Leading with the Scania Citywide battery electric bus, the range will encompass buses for all fuel variants with a comprehensive offer of alternative fuels in the market.
Alstom is demonstrating its ground-based static recharging system - SRS - for electric buses in Malaga, Spain. SRS for e-buses is based on Alstom’s SRS static recharge technology for trams, a proven solution already in operation in Nice, France. The conductive system enables the charging of on- board equipment automatically in a few minutes, on a bus line or within a depot.