From Deutz to E-Deutz

By Mike Hayes12 March 2019

Deutz G 2.9

Deutz’ G 2.9 is an LPG engine based on the TCD 2.9

Deutz will be exhibiting a modular product kit for diesel, gas, hybrid and electric drives at Bauma, on a stand measuring over 400m².

The company said it was diversifying its drive portfolio and would, in future, offer a modular range of different technologies to its customers in the construction equipment, fork-lift truck and lifting platform segments.

Based on its product modules, Deutz will design the optimum drive system individually for each customer and it said that, thanks to the company’s expertise gained over many years, it would “exploit and intelligently combine” the benefits of various technologies.

This applies both to combustion engines and to the electromobility segment. It said that electrification was an integral element of the Deutz development expertise, and that it had already successfully developed the first prototype machines as part of its E-Deutz strategy.

At the end of 2018, Deutz presented two fully working prototype machines. Two telescopic handlers which are normally powered by a 74kW Deutz TCD 3.6 diesel engine were converted – one to a hybrid drive and the other to a full-electric drive.

It said the E-Deutz hybrid achieved fuel savings of approximately 15%, recouping the investment costs after just one year of use.

At Bauma, Deutz plans to demonstrate under real-life operating conditions other prototype machines taken from actual E-Deutz customer projects. Together with the Manitou Group, Deutz has already assembled and delivered the first prototype machines to be fitted with electrified drives.

In addition to its electric solutions, Deutz will also be demonstrating the TCD 5.2 for the first time at Bauma, adding a powerful four-cylinder engine to its diesel portfolio.

From 2019, Deutz will also be making further additions to its higher output range portfolio, with four new in-line engines of between 9 and 18 litres capacity.

Deutz is extending its product offering in the lower power output range, not just as regards cubic capacity but in the choice of fuels.

From 2019, based on the successful four-cylinder TCD 2.9 (30 to 75kW), there will be a three-cylinder variant, the TCD 2.2, ranging in output from 22 to 56kW. Both these diesel engines will also be available as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) versions, named G 2.2 and G 2.9.

All the variants will be based on the same engine platform, generating extensive synergy effects, and the G 2.2 will be seen for the first time in Munich.

Yet another highlight to be seen at the Deutz stand at the fair will be a hydrogen variant of the TCD 7.8.

The company said that adapting the traditional combustion engine so it could use alternative fuels – such as hydrogen – as a sustainable energy source was another promising area of its current research.

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