The largest region in mainland France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, is considering a tax on foreign trucks. Wouldn’t this measure, which has already been implemented in certain European countries, represent a step towards the breakup of a common space…?
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The specialist hauliers who move abnormal loads, need abnormal vehicles. Daimler trucks are among the specialist manufacturers. Ian Norwell reports from Alsace. They are a specialised breed, and so the number of trucks available for heavy haulage operators is not vast. In the past, beefier versions of existing trucks were pressed into service, and many compromises had to be made. For Mercedes-Benz, the advent of their Titan in 1996 brought a new level of truck tailored for the function.
Alternative fuels have their pros and cons. Fleet operators across Europe who just aren’t interested might soon change their tune if we had another oil crisis. So, maybe worth a look then? Ian Norwell drives Iveco’s new Stralis tractor, and there’s a natural gas-powered version too, straight from the factory.
Electric commercial vehicles have a place in the industry, but not at heavier weights. At least, that was the popular view, until Daimler unveiled their full-electric 26 tonne rigid chassis. Ian Norwell reports from the company’s Stuttgart headquarters and test track.
New truck launches come in different strengths. They range from a simple makeover – little more than a powder-and-paint exercise – right up to the full-fat genuinely new truck. The launch of Scania’s new R and S Series in Paris in late August was most assuredly the latter, securing its place as International Truck of the Year 2017 just a few weeks later. Ian Norwell went along to press the flesh and look at the metal.