Tata Motors and MAHLE partnered to develop Secondary Loop Mobile AC System (SL-MAC)

Secondary Loop Mobile Air Conditioning System
A secondary refrigerant used in a secondary loop

13 July 2017– Tata Motors Limited and MAHLE, one of the world’s 20 largest suppliers to the automotive industry, have signed a joint development agreement for designing and developing a Secondary Loop Mobile Air Conditioning System (SL–MAC), under the aegis of United Nations Environment. MAHLE and Tata Motors, along with the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), which is coordinating the project, received funding for developing the SL-MAC system from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), a global initiative to support fast action and make a difference in the areas of climate, public health, and food and energy security. This project envisages use and trial of environment friendly, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants HF01234yf (ASHRAE A2L) and HFC-152a (ASHRAE A2).

A team comprising of representatives of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide (MACS), the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), MAHLE, Tata Motors, and IGSD reviewed the newly constructed SL-MAC system and the prototype at the MAHLE Behr facility in Lockport, New York, USA, on 7 April 2017.

A Tata vehicle based on a new generation platform for utility vehicles, consisting of a more complex architecture with front and rear air conditioning system, has been selected for this joint development program. The SL–MAC system will first be installed in the Tata utility vehicle as a prototype. In the SL-MAC system, the alternative refrigerants first cool a secondary fluid/coolant, which in turn cools the air to comfortable temperatures inside the vehicle cabin. This process allows the safe use of slightly flammable refrigerants that have a low GWP and in turn achieves high cooling capacity, minimizing the losses and achieving an optimized overall thermodynamic efficiency in the process. This is in contrast to the conventional mobile AC system, where the cabin air is directly cooled by the refrigerant HFC-134a, which is ozone safe but has a high GWP.

According to Dr. Tim Leverton, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors – “Tata Motors has been at the forefront of innovation and is constantly working towards shaping the future of mobility. As a part of our R &D efforts, we are committed to pioneering and inventing solutions to a greener future in the auto industry and this initiative is a step in that direction. We are the first OEM in India who is developing and evaluating an SL-MAC system on a car, using environmentally friendly refrigerants. We are delighted to work with class leading global suppliers like MAHLE and institutions like IGSD to contribute to the United Nations Environment initiative.”

The new SL-MAC system, which is testing the low-GWP refrigerants, is expected to increase vehicle energy efficiency through engineering. This system will turn off the compressor during acceleration and will retain coolness when the compressor is inactive or the engine is turned off for a short duration, allowing rapid cool-down at re-start. In addition to the expected energy efficiency benefits (fuel saving of up to 3%), the SL-MAC system allows the use of refrigerants that should avoid flow into the vehicle cabin. The refrigerant never enters the passenger compartment and instead stays in the engine area. Only the coolant circulates through the interior air conditioning unit.

According to Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, PhD, Director of Research for IGSD – “The Secondary Loop System will permit the use of alternative refrigerants like HFC-152a (GWP of 138) and HFO-1234yf (GWP<1) which have much lower GWPs than the current most-commonly used refrigerant, HFC-134a (GWP of 1300). We will be comparing the life-cycle carbon footprint of HFC-152a – with a higher GWP offset by higher energy efficiency – to the carbon footprint of HFO-1234yf and we will be estimating the cost of manufacture and ownership for each system.”

The SL-MAC project is on schedule, as expected, with anticipated environmental and cost advantages to be determined in the next stages. The prototype will be tested on the Indian roads later in the third quarter of 2017, where long seasons of hot and humid weather and stop-start driving conditions make a secondary loop air conditioning system highly advantageous.

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Via: IGSD Press Release

Hyundai India launches HyBUY, an online buying platform

New Delhi, July 12, 2017: Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the country’s second largest car manufacturer and largest passenger car exporter launched a Unique and Innovative Digital Marketing Initiative- ‘HyBUY’, redefining the car buying experience.

Hyundai is a modern premium brand and HyBUY is based on 3 main pillars – Simple, Caring and Creative, fueling Hyundai brand’s key vision of being Lifetime partners in Automobile and Beyond”.

Speaking on ‘HyBUY’ initiative, Mr. Puneet Anand, Sr. General Manager (Marketing) & Group Head, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said: “The time is right as Digital India is growing incrementally. Hyundai always strives to set Industry benchmarks and offer unique experiences to customers adding ‘Brilliant Moments’ to their lives. HyBUY is the most innovative and unique digital initiative in the Auto Industry. It is aimed to redefine car buying journey of customers and support the futuristic mass movement of government’s ‘Digital India’.”


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Customers on digital platforms are connected and look forward to an engaging experience. HyBUY utilizes the Social Media Connectivity and benefits the customers in the most convenient manner. Giving customers the power to incentivize their own purchase journey to gain maximum benefits is a way of giving the ‘Power To The People’ and adding the essence of gamification to engage customers.

The campaign has been designed to adopt an approach to create buzz on digital. HyBUY initiative requires a customer to sign up and join the deal on the website www.HyBUY.in . The customer can avail benefits by depositing a certain amount of money and gain more rewards on sharing this deal with his friends and family to participate in this program. HyBUY provides attractive offers and these benefits increase when more people join the deal. The campaign is going to be just for a limited number of cars only, set with a pre-defined duration in real time and benefits are over and above the current Market Offer. Only booking is done online, rest of the buying experience continues at the dealership end. For more information on HyBUY login to: www.HyBUY.in

Via: Hyundai India Press Release

Nissan’s redesigned NV350 Caravan goes on sale in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 13, 2017) – The newly redesigned Nissan NV350 Caravan goes on sale in Japan today, sporting an enhanced lineup of advanced safety and convenience features.

Nissan NV350
The Nissan NV350 Caravan Van Premium GX
(*shown with optional features)

Intelligent Emergency Braking, Vehicle Dynamics Control with traction control system functions and Hill Start Assist, previously available only on some two-wheel-drive van grades, are now standard on all NV350 Caravan van models. In addition, Intelligent Around View Monitor*1 has been installed for the first time in vehicles of this class in Japan. The feature supports safety when parking in narrow spaces, such as storage areas, or when cargo obstructs rear visibility.

The NV350 Caravan has won over customers with its roomy, versatile cargo space, bold exterior and advanced features. The van is popular among not just business owners but also private customers, who use it for hobbies and leisure activities such as camping or surfing.

Convenience features include the Back Door Auto Closer*2, which can fully shut the rear door without making a loud noise – a benefit in residential areas during early or late hours. The Automatic Air-conditioner with Rear Cooler*3 features a liquid-crystal display and large switches to improve operability.

The exterior includes Nissan’s signature V-motion grille. LED head lamps (high/low-beam headlights/equipped with auto headlight levelizer) *4 and rear combination tail lights*4 add to the strong design impression while aiding visibility.

The interior of the Premium GX and GX grades includes a modern steering wheel with silver decorations and black seat fabric with white lines.

A new VX grade has also been added. Its features are equivalent to the high-end grades mainly in terms of the exterior. Similar changes will be made to the specifications and equipment in specially equipped commercial vehicles (sales starts July 31).

*1: Intelligent Around View Monitor: Factory-installed option
*2: Back Door Auto Closer: Installed in some grades/factory-installed option
*3: Automatic Air-conditioner with Rear Cooler: installed in some grades
*4: LED headlights (high/low beam headlights/equipped with auto headlight levelizer): Factory-installed option; LED rear combination tail lights: Installed in some grades/factory-installed option

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which became the third member of the Alliance – a grouping with combined annual sales of almost 10 million units a year.

Via: Nissan Global Newsroom

Rosenbauer launches all new Panther 8×8 purpose built for firefighting at large airports

New fire fighting vehicle with outstanding features for the largest airports in the world

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  • Performance-optimized high-end vehicle with new pump and cab
  • Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle and Dubai International Airport will receive the first vehicles
  • Vienna Airport is renewing its entire fleet of firefighting vehicles on the airfield

The PANTHER 8×8 is the most powerful aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle from Rosenbauer. It is used at major international airports which operate aircraft such as the Airbus A380, and airports which have special requirements on acceleration, maximum speed, and fire extinguishing capacity of fire fighting vehicles due to the geographical dimensions.  The flagship of the PANTHER series protects many of the major aviation hubs in Europe for example, such as the two Parisian airports Orly and Charles de Gaulle, the German hubs in Berlin and Düsseldorf as well as the airports in Athens, Geneva, Moscow, Oslo, and Prague, to name but a few.

Internationally, the PANTHER 8×8 has a particularly strong presence in Asia and the Arab world. Beijing, the world’s largest airport by volume of passengers, operates several vehicles, as do Shanghai-Pudong, Guangzhou, and Hongkong. In India, 8×8 vehicles are stationed at New-Delhi Airport, while other large 8×8 fleets are also located at airports in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Japan. And in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban, Rosenbauer’s flagship has been in operation for years.

Power, Safety, Comfort

In 1992, the first PANTHER 8×8 was put into service at Geneva Airport. Today, it is in its fourth generation. Just like the new PANTHER 4×4 and 6×6, which have been on the market for two years, the new PANTHER 8×8 has also been improved in three main aspects: It has a higher driving and extinguishing performance, offers the occupants more safety, and is more comfortable and accurate than its predecessor model. All this in a vehicle whose chassis, bodywork, firefighting equipment, and electronics are made by a single manufacturer. The first vehicles of the new generation will be delivered to Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, Dubai International Airport, and Vienna-Schwechat.

Improved Driving Dynamics

A PANTHER 8×8 weighs up to 52 t and has up to 19,000 l of extinguishing agent on board. It is able to sprint across the airfield in the required time thanks to its two 700 hp strong Euro 5 engines. Optionally, the new PANTHER 8×8 can also be equipped with more powerful Euro 6 engines.

Together, they accelerate the power house from 0 to 80 km/h in considerably less than 25 seconds, and provide a top speed of more than 135 km/h. If the engines are decoupled, then one engine drives the wheels while the other drives the pump for pump-and-roll operation. A reworked drive concept allows for shorter switching times from pump-and-roll operation back into driving mode (both engines). Due to the modified weight and axle load distribution and a reduction in the overall center of gravity, the vehicle’s dynamics and stability were also further improved.

Stronger Pump

At the heart of its extinguishing technology, the PANTHER 8×8 incorporates the new N110 industrial supply pump. It features optimized pump drive and delivers over 10,000 liters of water per minute at 10 bar. For the application of extinguishing agent, monitors are available in various performance classes, including the new RM80 roof turret with an output rate of up to 9,000 l/min and a throw range of 100 m for water and 90 m for foam operations, as well as the new RM35 with up to 4,750 l/min and throwing distances of 85 m (water) and 76 m (foam).

In order to be able to combat fires at or near ground level (landing gear and jet engines), the RM35 can be mounted on a swiveling bumper boom turret, which is installed in the underride protection. For firefighting from an elevated position, the PANTHER 8×8 can be equipped with the STINGER boom, which can be erected to heights of up to 16 or 20m.

Improved Occupant Protection

The crew is well protected in the new PANTHER cabin, as has been successfully demonstrated in crash tests carried out in accordance with ECE R29/3. The cabin also offers the occupants more room and storage space as well as an improved view to the outside thanks to the larger glass surfaces, slimmer A-pillar, and narrower control and instrument panel.

For modern comfort in the cabin, a new cab suspension provides better decoupling of underground movements. And even the pump is now further decoupled from the pumping box in the new PANTHER 8×8, so that any vibrations transmitted to adjacent components, e.g., in pump-and-roll mode, are kept to a minimum.

Complete Switchover in Vienna

Vienna-Schwechat, Austria’s largest airport, will replace its entire ARFF fleet and will exclusively operate Rosenbauer vehicles on the airfield in the future. In addition to the E8000/E3000 escape stair which is already in use, two PANTHER 6×6 S will be commissioned by the end of the year, with which the airport fire department can also access public roads and the marshy area which is part of the operational range. In the coming year, four new PANTHER 8x8s will be added, giving Vienna Airport the world’s most modern fleet of airport extinguishing and rescue vehicles.

New PANTHER 8×8

Chassis: Rosenbauer 52.1400 8×8
Engine: 2 x Volvo D16 Euro 5 (Euro 6 optional)
Power: 1.030 kW (1,400 hp)
Transmission: Allison automatic transmission
Brakes: Disk brakes
Crew: 1 + 5

Extinguishing agent: Up to 16,800 l water, 2,200 l foam compound and 500 kg powder / CO2
Pump unit: N110 with 10,000 l/min at 10 bar
Foam proportioning system: FOAMATIC E
Roof turret: RM80 with up to 9,000 l/min
Bumper turret: RM35 with up to 4,750 l/min
Boom (optional): STINGER, HVLA (High Volume Low Attack)

Dimensions L x W x H: 13.1 x 3.0 x 3.7 m (LWB) or 12.0 x 3.0 x 3.7 m (SWB)
Weight: 52 t

Via: Rosenbauer Press Release

Scania launches new generation tipper for Indian mining sector

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The P440 8X4 20.2 Cu.m U-BODY tipper offers increased payload carrying capacity and fuel efficiency in mining operations

Hyderabad, 11 July 2017: Scania CV India Pvt. Ltd., the leading commercial vehicle and engine manufacturing company today launched the new P 440 8X4 20.2 Cu.m U-BODY tipper. The P 440 U-BODY tipper has been designed to increase the productivity of mining tippers and improve the Total Operating Economy.

Scania India is committed to building innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the specific requirements of different sectors and regions. The P440 tipper was designed to meet demanding conditions in the Indian subcontinent and offer maximum operational capacity and fuel efficiency. The “U” design for the tipper body is the first in its class for overburden removal application. The body’s unparalleled combination of “U” design and superior wear resistant steel increases the payload carrying capacity by up to 5 percent while reducing the fuel consumption by almost 5 percent due to low self-weight of the tipper body. It also improves the stability of the vehicle by lowering the overall centre of gravity.

The P 440 U-BODY tipper comes with a mixture of time tested driveline and a new engine. It has a 13 litre, 440 HP engine and is capable of reaching peak torque at lower engine speed. It is BSIV compliant through Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. This when coupled with Scania patented Opticruise® gear shift technology keeps the gear shifts to an optimal number and directly benefits the customer by improving fuel efficiency.

The Indian mining sector needs tough vehicles that can ply under the most demanding of situations. With this in mind, Scania put the P 440 U-BODY tipper through intense testing for over 12000 hours of operations in some of the most demanding mines in India, before launching it in the market. This level of intense testing on each field test tippers is testimony to Scania’s commitment to ensuring product quality.

Speaking at the launch function, Mr. Raghavan Srinivasa, Director, Sales (Trucks) at Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We at Scania work to integrate sustainability into the core of the business. Scania leverages innovative thinking, develops partnerships and works extensively within the logistics flow to capture efficiencies and secure customer profitability. We are very confident that P 440 U-BODY tipper will deliver on our promise of driving even more value and profitability for our customers”

All Scania tippers also come with an option of choosing Fleet Management Services. This service enables the customer to remain in control of the fleet’s performance by providing information such as fuel consumption, tipper idling time, driving behavior and tipper’s position. When leveraged in conjunction with our Driver Coaching Program, the FMS ensures maximum productivity and profitability for the customer.

While talking about Scania’s commitment to offering complete solution to customer Ms. Hanna Johansson, Director, Business Support, Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. (on behalf of Mr. Mikael Benje, Managing Director) said, “Scania India firmly believes in having a true partnership with our customers. Besides being a manufacturer of heavy trucks and buses, Scania is increasingly developing new ways of delivering customer value based on a full service offering that delivers lifecycle profitability.”

Via: Scania India Press Release