The world is in search of the drive system of tomorrow. Whether all-electric, hybrid or a combustion system using alternative fuels, DEUTZ believes that choice is important and offers each customer the optimum mix of a range of technologies. A new dynamic is well on its way.
DEUTZ will industrialise electric drives
When it comes to mobile machinery, there is currently little choice but to use powerful diesel engines that can operate independently for long periods. At the moment, heavy equipment in this application segment is rarely, if ever, fitted with electric drives. This is primarily due to the high energy density of diesel fuel compared with battery storage units. One tankful of diesel will give many more operating hours than a battery. So for many applications, an all-electric drive would still not present the most practical option. The combination of the two technologies, however, offers a lot of potential for raising efficiency.
Launched in 2017, the E-DEUTZ strategy represents the next decisive step forward and combines DEUTZ’s low-emission engines with electric drives. Electrification is now an integral part of DEUTZ’s development expertise.
In September 2018, at DEUTZ’s ELECTRIP event in Cologne for customers, investors and the press, DEUTZ unveiled two prototypes of telescopic handlers that are normally powered by a 74 kW DEUTZ TCD 3.6 diesel engine. They were converted, one to a hybrid drive and the other to an all-electric drive, at our development plant in Cologne. In terms of power output and capacity, every single E-DEUTZ component is scalable, the potential savings essentially depending on the load cycle and on how long the equipment is operated for in the particular application. The E-DEUTZ hybrid prototype machine that was presented achieves fuel savings of around 15 per cent, which means that the cost of investment is typically recouped within two years.
By 2020/2021, DEUTZ will have industrialised these drives and gone into volume production with them. They will thus become part of DEUTZ’s modular system for efficient off-highway drives. Based on its product modules, DEUTZ will individually design the optimum drive system for each customer and, drawing on its long-standing expertise, exploit and intelligently combine the benefits of various technologies. As well as conventional diesel engines and new E-DEUTZ drives, this will also encompass the use of alternative fuels. From 2019, for example, we will be launching two LPG engines. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is readily available for material handling applications (e.g. at ports or industrial sites) and helps to reduce carbon emissions. On account of its chemical composition, LPG offers an advantage of around 25 per cent over diesel.
Electric motor — 55 kW:
- Greater efficiency
- More responsive performance
- Zero-emission, all-electric operation
TCD 2.9 — 55 kW
- High degree of flexibility
- Able to operate independently for long periods
- Downsized combustion engine
Adapting the traditional combustion engine so that it can use hydrogen, which is a sustainable source of energy, is another highly promising area of research. The Munich start-up Keyou recently unveiled a DEUTZ prototype engine that has been converted to utilise hydrogen, for example. KEYOU has developed a conversion kit that can turn a conventional combustion engine into a drive based on state-of-the-art hydrogen technology. DEUTZ offered its support as a development partner, supplying one of its standard six-cylinder diesel engines with 7.8 litre capacity that was converted into a hydrogen engine using Keyou components.
Acquisition of torqeedo
Acquisition of Torqeedo GmbH – a global market leader and a system solution specialist for integrated electric and hybrid drives for boats. This acquisition is the catalyst for the electrification of the DEUTZ product range. For future developments in the core off-highway business, DEUTZ will be bringing its comprehensive expertise and technology portfolio to bear in all relevant areas of electrification.
Building of hybrid and all-electric prototypes
To provide a real-life illustration of how its e-drives perform in practice, DEUTZ took it upon itself to produce two demonstrator vehicles. Two telescopic handlers that are normally powered by a 74 kW DEUTZ TCD 3.6 diesel engine were converted, one to a hybrid drive and the other to an all-electric drive, at the DEUTZ development plant in Cologne.
Follow the development of our first hybrid drive
Trailer – Get Electrified
Live documentary series - coming soon!
Episode 1 – The future - now!
Electrip launch at intermat 2018
Episode 2 – Go with the e-flow
The DEUTZ team go all out
Episode 3 – Where is my e?
The art of exceptional engineering
Episode 4 – E-n route to success
Will the DEUTZ team manage to do it?
First e-deutz customer project launched with the manitou group
DEUTZ and the Manitou Group, the leading global OEM in the field of all-terrain telescopic handlers, are together embarking upon the electrification of the drive line. Manitou, the first E-DEUTZ project partner, has fitted one of its telescopic handlers with a hybrid drive and a second with an all-electric drive.
Modular product system
Based on its product modules, DEUTZ will individually design the optimum drive system for each customer and, drawing on its long-standing expertise, exploit and intelligently combine the benefits of the various technologies. This applies both to combustion engines, an area in which DEUTZ has been among the leading manufacturers for over 150 years, and to the electromobility segment. Electrification is now an integral part of DEUTZ’s development expertise.
Marketable hybrid and all-electric products
Start of rollout, first relevant revenue
5–10 % of our revenue
Award bears out the success of our digitalisation strategy
In addition to the products themselves, the digitalisation of our processes – particularly those in the service business – are also playing a key part in our development activities. The DEUTZ Connect app is one of the successes of the digitalisation strategy.
DEUTZ Connect is the first mobile engine diagnostics app for smartphones or tablets. It displays all relevant DEUTZ engine data in real time, which can then be assessed using an intuitive user interface and sent directly to a service partner. A number of awards bear out the success of the app. DEUTZ was among the winners of the internationally renowned Red Dot design competition, for example. The 24 judges on the panel evaluated 8,600 entries from 45 countries before awarding DEUTZ Connect the prestigious Red Dot design prize in the mobile app category. The accolade recognises our team’s creative accomplishment and the excellence of the design.