Deutz presents zero-carbon drive systems for the off-highway sector

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Deutz Hybrid engine

For the first time, Deutz is presenting a range of innovative drive systems for the zero-carbon off-highway applications of tomorrow. 

The off-highway engine manufacturer is now able to offer individual combinations of diesel, gas, hydrogen, hybrid and electrified drives as part of a modular product system. 

Deutz advanced configurator

Deutz’s modular product portfolio allows it to respond quickly and flexibly to technological advances and changing market requirements. 

“Our advanced configurator gives customers the optimum combination of conventional and electric drives,” said Dr. Frank Hiller, chairman of the Deutz board of management.

“Because the modular system is highly adaptable to shifts in the market, we are able to quickly supply solutions that are not only individually tailored, but also reduce carbon emissions, fuel consumption and overall costs. This helps the environment and adds value for our customers.” 

Michael Wellenzohn, the member of the Deutz board of management with responsibility for sales, service and marketing, explained the company began by working with its customers to define the parameters, such as performance, load profile and emissions characteristics. 

“We then configure the optimum drive system to meet those specific requirements,” Wellenzohn said. “The result might be a combustion engine that uses a range of fuels or it might be a hybrid or even an electric drive. We see ourselves as a development partner and systems integrator for our customers.” 

Carbon-neutral combustion 

In addition to electrified solutions, Deutz’s innovative drive concepts include advanced combustion engines that can run on a carbon-neutral basis by using hydrogen and other alternative fuels. Hydrogen and ‘e-fuels’ (synthetic fuels based on renewable electricity) are carbon-neutral as they do not extract any new carbon and the energy sources used are sustainable.

Deutz has high hopes for these technologies and presented a hydrogen variant of its successful TCD 7.8 engine at bauma. This first prototype engine, based on state-of-the-art hydrogen technology, is the product of Deutz’s research partnership with Munich-based start-up Keyou. 

Deutz has also developed the new TCD 5.2 and G 2.2 combustion engines. 

The TCD 5.2 is a powerful four-cylinder in-line engine that complements Deutz’s existing diesel portfolio. Thanks to its ultra-efficient, selective catalytic reduction system, it is also the first in-line engine from Deutz that complies with the EU Stage V emissions standard, without the need for exhaust gas recirculation.

The engine is a benchmark within its class, delivering up to 170 kW while offering extremely compact dimensions. 

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In the lower power output range, Deutz is expanding its range of combustion engines, not only in terms of capacity but also in terms of the fuels they can use. The three-cylinder TCD 2.2 engine is based on the four-cylinder TCD 2.9. Both engines are now available as liquid petroleum gas variants — the G 2.2 and G 2.9 respectively. 

Both drives will represent a further option, in particular for low-load applications in the material handling and compact construction equipment field. 

Deutz advanced repair 

Deutz’s one-stop service concept covers everything from parts fulfilment to the provision of an app and an online portal. As part of the comprehensive package, Deutz offers mobile engine diagnostics by smartphone and a central online platform for the rapid and efficient ordering of genuine parts. 

A particular highlight is the Deutz Advanced Repair service concept. 

The augmented reality (AR) application provides mechanics, that are equipped with tablets, with real-time information that helps them to carry out targeted maintenance work on engines, offering a foretaste of how servicing might look in the future.