Plug-in hybrids bring customers the best of two worlds: in town they run in all-electric mode, while on long journeys they benefit from the range of the combustion engine. By the end of 2019 Mercedes-Benz will have more than ten plug-in hybrids in its range – from compact models to the flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The aim is to be able to offer customers well over 20 model variants in 2020.
Pictures: First urban flight of the Volocopter in Europe demonstrated at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart
The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart presents technical innovations and sustainable transport concepts for future mobility. The Volocopter flight is part of a research project by the Technical University of Stuttgart to examine the social acceptance of air taxis.
The AI:Trail concept car has an exterior length of 4.15 meters and width of 2.15 meters. The body of the Audi AI:Trail is made of a mixture of high-tech steel, aluminum and carbon fiber. As a result, it weighs 1,750 kilograms despite its high-capacity battery.
Mercedes-Benz is exhibiting two Unimog vehicles at the event, the heavy U 530 (16.5 t permissible gross vehicle weight) and a lightweight U 218 (10 t permissible gross vehicle weight), both agricultural versions. The U 530 with tractor registration on display is registered as such across Europe, thanks to a safety cab with roll bar. While registration as an agricultural tractor/agricultural implement carrier has been possible in Germany for quite some time, thanks to the addition of the safety cab the Unimog can now be registered as such across the entire European Union. The “U 530 tractor” on display (the 30 stands for around 300 hp) boasts a top-of-the-range engine, namely a six-cylinder diesel engine with 7.7 litres of displacement and 220 kW (299 hp), meeting the strictest Euro VI-D standard.
Some of the most significant upgrades are inside the cab and the tractor itself, resulting in the new Magnum AFS Connect designation and a machine that helps the operator and owner to manage farming operations with new levels of precision.
Portsmouth, R.I.-based boutique crane company Steel Giraffe completes specialized lifting projects, and 90% of its lift jobs fall within a 48-km radius of the headquarters location. Many lifting projects last less than a half-day, so Steel Giraffe needs a flexible crane that can get in, quickly finish and get to the next job.
Assembly of Porsche Taycan vehicles take place in a flexible, networked factory using 4.0 production technology. Porsche uses automated guided vehicle systems instead of traditional conveyor belts to transport components and vehicles from station to station.
Volvo Penta is presenting an electric terminal tractor featuring a Volvo Penta electric driveline at TOC Europe 2019, the tradeshow for port and terminal technology and operations, on June 18-20, 2019. Volvo Penta converted the terminal tractor to fully electric using proven electromobility technology from Volvo’s bus and truck applications.
The new Cat 920K compact wheel loader, with a net-power rating of 74 kW (99 horsepower), reflects significant product enhancements that contribute to high productivity, versatility, operator convenience/safety, and serviceability. New features allow operators to tailor machine performance to individual preferences for added operating efficiency, and a choice of auxiliary-hydraulic systems expand the use of work tools for added utility.
Groupe Renault is upgrading its light commercial vehicle range with enhanced styling, connectivity and bespoke features. Revealed in April 2019 with a new “Urban Gray” body color, they will be launched in Europe starting in September 2019. Both models feature the new visual identity of the front end of Renault LCVs.