Deutz turns to China, as the Asian country is facing a rapid tightening of emissions regulations. Chinese legislators are making rapid progress indeed in this area, but what is often still missing are advanced drive systems capable of meeting the new standards.
The introduction of the China IV non-road emissions legislation is imminent and should be in place for all of China’s non-road equipment by 2020. This will bring about another significant reduction in the limit values for nitrogen oxide and particulates compared to China III. A new limit value for the number of particles will also be introduced, requiring the use of a diesel particulate filter, similar to EU Stage V legislation. And in the heavy-duty on-road sector, the new China VI (which largely corresponds to EU Stage Euro VI) will be introduced for urban commercial vehicles from mid-2020 and nationwide in 2021.
Not only diesel: alternative fuels and hydrogen
Deutz has particular expertise in the area of diesel, but it is also a serious player in the area of electric motors, having acquired electric drive specialist Torqeedo at the end of 2017 and battery specialist Futavis in 2019. Another interesting area is the use of alternative fuels and hydrogen in combustion engines. Deutz is collaborating in this area with a Munich-based start-up named Keyou. They intend to jointly develop commercially viable carbon-neutral hydrogen engines for non-road and on-road applications, and bring them to production readiness by 2021/22.
Also for reasons like these, Deutz has formed a partnership with Sany, a primary Chinese manufacturer of construction machinery. A new production facility is currently being built in Changsha as part of a joint venture in which Deutz holds a 51 percent stake. This will be producing around 75,000 engines a year for Sany by 2022. Deutz currently supplies around 10,000 engines a year in total to China.
Deutz turns to China: cleaner diesel engines
«We expect demand to continue rising in China. We will also be able to use the joint venture to provide a local supply for other customers. The Chinese government is promoting the development of cleaner diesel engines while at the same time pressing ahead with alternative drive technologies such as electrification, sustainable fuels and hydrogen drives. At Deutz, we embrace new technologies in all these areas, which puts us in a strong position to compete in the Chinese market», commented Frank Hiller, Chairman of the Deutz Board of Management.
We’ll talk about this is further details on the next issues of Diesel International.