Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV)
premiered their new range of BharatBenz heavy-duty trucks. The new range of
trucks have been equipped with technology to meet the latest BS-IV emission
norms laid down by the government. These trucks will be able to deliver better
fuel efficiency and also come with a lower cost of maintenance. Three product
families have been introduced to the range -- haulage trucks, construction
trucks and tractor trailers.
The company has gone further and added
innovative features to improve productivity, efficiency and safety. Erich
Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said,
“Under the tagline of ‘Profit Technology’, we are introducing our all-new
BharatBenz heavy-duty trucks - designed to deliver the best-in-class package of
productivity, efficiency and safety. We are convinced that BharatBenz trucks
are the best fit for customers to drive their business.”
He further added that these new BS-IV
compliant trucks will come at the same price of the BS-III trucks. The product
range has trucks from above 9 tonnes to 49 tonnes, all of which are available
as BS-IV models since August 2015. DICV has been able to deliver more than
1,000 BharatBenz BS-IV trucks to its customers by the end of March 2017.
Initial feedback collected by the company has indicated that these BS-IV
compliant trucks have a better fuel efficiency and a lower cost of maintenance
as well as being able to operate at BS-III fuel grades.
The BharatBenz BS-IV trucks meet upgraded
norms using a system based on the SCR technology which has been utilised in
thousands of DICV vehicles globally across multiple markets. The company has
been conducting tests of the technology in Indian operating conditions for over
a million kilometers before they began its roll out in August 2015.
DICV's SCR technology uses an aqueous urea
based fluid know as AdBlue which is sprayed into the exhaust stream to break
down the harmful nitrogen oxide emissions into nitrogen and water. The AdBlue
consumption is only a fraction of the vehicles fuel consumption thus owners
will not necessarily need to refill it too often. The solution has also been
made available across the company's dealerships and other outlets in India.
There have been multiple improvements made
across the range of vehicles, changes include optimised auxiliaries,
aerodynamic changes and friction reductions, high durability of all aggregates,
longer ODI's, differential lock indicator, payload increase by 400kgs, cruise
control, LED accented lamp and dual chamber lamp, reverse camera and display,
tubeless tyres, air conditioning, and fuel theft protection.