10 Eye-Catchers at IAA Transportation 2022

The IAA in Hanover opens its doors to the press on Monday September 19 and will welcome the public until September 25. Changing its name from “commercial vehicles” to “transportation”, the exhibition halls want to embrace a broader scope on logistics and the movement of goods and people. At the same time, it is inaugurating a Last Mile Area for the first time. We list 10 innovations to watch for in this new edition.

1. SOUND MOTORS – SOLAR KIT

The solar vehicle specialist Sono Motors is coming to Hanover for the first time. The company offers solar solutions for commercial vehicles, ranging from vans to trucks to buses. Their kits can power energy-hungry auxiliary systems, such as refrigeration, or help charge the battery of electric vehicles using the sun’s rays. Maybe not a bad idea in times of high energy prices.

2. CONTINENTAL – TRAILER CAPACITY ASSESSMENT

These days, there’s an app for everything. Continental has developed the Trailer Capacity Assessment app to meet the growing demand for load capacity. Aided by AI, this smartphone solution automatically calculates the available cargo space remaining in trailers based on a camera image. Remedying partial loads also contributes to durability, says the supplier.

3. BRIDGESTONE – FLEET MAINTENANCE

This integrated tire monitoring and fleet management solution was introduced earlier this summer, but the IAA is a great place to dive into the software. Developed in conjunction with its Webfleet arm, Fleetcare facilitates decision-making for fleet managers to improve profitability, sustainability and convenience. A single partner for tire and fleet evaluation is undoubtedly less complex.

4. DAIMLER TRUCK – FUSO E-CANTER

Offered in weight classes ranging from 4.2 to 8.5 tonnes, the new Fuso E-Canter relies on more battery choices (three) and an improved powertrain. In Japan, this LCV will be able to reload V2X, but this functionality remains blocked in Europe. Projected ranges range from 80 to 200 kilometers, and a load manager can choose when the cost of electricity is lowest.

5. BOSCH – RIDECARE OVERVIEW

Smoking inside the vehicle, rough driving, damage… car sharing is of particular concern for fleet managers and mobility service providers. Bosch’s Ridecar Insight tool returns real-time information about these incidents to increase transparency and safety. This all-in-one solution aims to protect assets and improve user experience.

6. FORD – PERSONALIZED ELECTRONIC TRANSIT

You can’t visit the IAA without looking at the all-electric version of Europe’s best-selling van, especially as Ford has released the latest details on its Custom E-Transit. The range of 380 kilometers comes from a 74 kWh battery, the payload is 1,100 kg and the towing capacity can reach two tonnes. Built-in power outlets for equipment turn this van into a mobile workbench.

7. MAHLE – TBS

There is a backdrop with electric motors; they can only reach maximum power for a short time, after which they only reach 60-70%. Mahle has broken the code and presents the Superior Continuous Torque Motor (SCT) in Hannover. Since it can run continuously at 90% of its peak power, it is well suited for making utility vehicles more efficient.

8.SEVIC-V500e

Let’s move on to the last mile zone, where the Sevic V500e makes its debut. This all-electric cargo vehicle has an unrivaled range of 300 kilometers and a flexible charging system to adapt to different use cases. It may be the smartest zero-emissions solution for urban delivery yet. The V500e is 3.7 meters long and can reach a top speed of 80 km/h.

9. GOODYEAR – TOTAL MOBILITY

Total Mobility is a fully integrated end-to-end solution for fleets providing optimization of daily operations. Goodyear developed the tool to reduce downtime and negate human error. The application centralizes tire management, but Goodyear promises additional features that will be unveiled during the show.

10. RINSPEED – CITYSNAP 4

Swiss inventor Frank M. Rinderknecht brings the fourth generation of his Rinspeed CitySnap delivery system to the IAA. These mobile lockers aim to halve the number of delivery vehicles, make parcel delivery more sustainable, try to revolutionize the handover phase and reduce urban congestion. The list of partners in this project is quite impressive.

Images: IAA/Sono Motors/Continental/Bridgestone/Daimler Truck/Bosch/Ford/Mahle/Sevic/Goodyear/Rinspeed

Mary I. Bruner