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MBTech Shows Off Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Concept at IAA Show in Hannover

Daimler subsidiary MBTech has provided a 1:1 scale model of its Reporter concept observe at the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover. The four-seater plug in hybrid pickup truck with the Smart Fortwo-esque fascia turned into designed in just six months the usage of CAD and virtual prototyping.

At a press conference at the display, MBTech President and Spokesperson Werner Kropsbauer defined the cause at the back of the Reporter: "We desired to create a low-emission vehicle pressure for city and nearby shipping that's realistically viable these days and no longer in 2025."

Though the example shown at the IAA Show become merely a ridicule up, MBTech has been thinking about the drive gadget for a running prototype. The Reporter could use a plug-in hybrid gadget MBTech calls DualX E-Drive, which couples a 70 kw (94 hp) electric powered motor with a 75 kw (one hundred and one hp) 1.2-liter inner combustion engine that can run on both gas or compressed natural gasoline.

In the DualX E-Drive system, the electric motor turns the rear wheels at the same time as the ICE turns the front. The structures can either work independently or collectively, though MBTech has now not said what switching from FWD to RWD to AWD might do to the driving dynamics.

The Reporter is anticipated to have a top velocity of one hundred thirty km/h (81 mph) and a mixed range of three hundred km (186 miles), which drops to 55 (34 miles) if the use of handiest the electric motor.

It additionally features a community of tiny solar cells at the tonneau cover, which produce 266 Watts ? Sufficient to energy the air con, indoors lightning or the sound system (even though not all 3 immediately). The cells also can be used to recharge the car's 12 volt battery.

By Tristan Hankins

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