The Russian driver managed to jump free before his load of pipes pushed the ferry, and his truck, into a deep river.
TWO new vans were introduced at this week’s 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, that are set to shake up last-mile deliveries in Europe.
Hyundai unveiled the H350 Fuel Cell Concept commercial van, which uses a 175-litre hydrogen tank to power a 100 kW fuel cell that Hyundai stated can drive the H350 Fuel Cell Concept van for a total range of 422 km at city speeds, or for shorter distances at speeds of up to 150 km/h.
The H350 fuel cell’s power train is formed by a hydrogen tank, fuel-cell stack, high-voltage battery pack, inverter and electric motor.
The 700-bar, high-pressure hydrogen tanks, located under the floor of the vehicle between the two axles, store 7,05 kg of compressed hydrogen, which is then broken down into protons and electrons in the fuel-cell stack. The electricity produced by the fuel stack is then stored in a compact 24 kW lithium-polymer battery pack, with the inverter converting the energy to an alternating current to power the 100 kW electric motor.
The power train is stored under the floor, giving the H350 the same loading volume as the petrol or diesel-driven versions. Commercial-vehicle routes can overcome the problem of empty hydrogen tanks, which has been the main complaint of hydrogen vehicle owners in the U.S., but Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has chosen to stick with electric charges for its new van, when it launched the new e-Crafter, which competes with Nissan’s proven eNV200. As is the case with Nissan’s electric van, Volkswagen’s buzzing carter is designed for last-mile city deliveries, with a range of up to 200 km and a top speed of 80 km/h. It can carry 1,7 tons with the electric drivetrain making 100 kW and 290 Nm, powered by a 43 kWh lithium-ion battery sitting under the load floor. The battery pack can be topped up to 80% in just 45 minutes.
The e-Crafter is slower than the Nissan e-NV200, which can go on highways thanks to a top speed of 120 km, but it carries more.
Volkswagen stated its electric van is designed to accommodate future battery developments but is almost production-ready. Deliveries are slated for 2017.
The e-Crafter is Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ first foray into electric vehicles, while Hyundai has launched its first hydrogen fuel-cell van (inset).