Deutz Makes a Start on Off-Highway Electrification
From April 23 - 28, DEUTZ will be showcasing its innovative drive systems at INTERMAT 2018, the international construction and infrastructure trade fair which is held every 3 years in Paris. As part of its E-DEUTZ strategy, for the first time, DEUTZ will be exhibiting electrified drive solutions for off-highway applications which can be installed, for example, in construction and material handling equipment. Other highlights include the range of EU Stage V certified engines and the new “DEUTZ Connect” app which enables remote engine diagnosis by smartphone.
The E-DEUTZ strategy represents the company’s next decisive step; it combines its low-emission engines with electric drives. In September 2017, DEUTZ acquired Torqeedo GmbH, the global market leader and system solution specialist for integrated electric and hybrid drives for boats. This acquisition is the catalyst for the electrification of the DEUTZ product range. It will allow DEUTZ to harness Torqeedo’s extensive know-how to benefit future developments in its core off-highway business.
To illustrate this technology transfer, DEUTZ will be displaying in Paris an electrified off-highway drive solution, consisting of a combustion engine and an e-motor, plus power electronics and a battery pack specially designed for this combination. DEUTZ’s solution will use the high-performance “BMW i” lithium-ion technology which is already successfully employed in the automotive sector. As regards to their power output and capacity, each component can be scaled to meet customers’ requirements.
“Our E-DEUTZ strategy is designed to make us the market leader for innovative drive systems in the off-highway segment and to steal a march on the competition. Customers will be able to choose whatever is the optimum combination of conventional and electric drive components for their particular application so as to achieve a considerable reduction in their overall operating costs,” stated Dr Frank Hiller, chairman of the Board of Management at DEUTZ.
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