Accelerated demand for EV tech in industrial and off-highway vehicles
Uptake of technology for electric vehicles is spreading throughout the global vehicle market, and the industrial segment is no exception. It is a trend that shows no sign of slowing as fleet managers of off-highway vehicles follow suit in a bid to reduce long-term costs and meet changing environmental regulations.
Significant investment is being funnelled into battery and electric vehicle R&D. AVID Technology has partnered with Caterpillar UK and Imperial College London in a £2.8 million project to develop a new battery storage system for electric off-highway machinery. Diesel hybrids are becoming more viable in certain markets, and in some areas all-electric propulsion is already replacing diesel and gasoline engines. Meanwhile, cherry-pickers, cranes and diggers are utilising electric or electric-powered hydraulics. By 2030, the e-truck global market share could reach 30%.
Changing attitudes and rapid development form part of the drive towards electrification. Many newly industrialising countries are embracing ‘green’ technology. In Western states, there is increasing public awareness on environmental issues that is putting pressure on governments – many of which are already feeling the heat from lobbying bodies and intergovernmental organisations.
Such a seismic shift is creating bumps in the road for manufacturers. Vehicle designers are tasked with reinventing machines; embracing digitisation and automation; and adopting entirely new approaches – a process that will take years to reach market and one that needs to go easy on consumer wallets to achieve widespread adoption.
Yet innovation is under way. Cost-effective and intelligently designed e-solutions are being developed that can compete with traditional vehicle models – and have the potential to overtake.
Such solutions will be on display at Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe and The Battery Show – Europe’s largest showcase of H/EV and advanced battery technology. Confirmed exhibitors include Bosch Rexroth, Continental Engineering Services, Valeo, John Deere, Isabellenhütte Heusler, Amphenol Tuchel Industrial, TTI and Curtiss-Wright, all of which will showcase state-of-the-art technology alongside cutting-edge design, production and manufacturing solutions for H/EV and battery applications. The trade fair takes place on 7-9 May 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany, a high-profile centre for the global automotive industry.