The awarding ceremony of the Sustainable Truck of the Year 2022 will happen next week, on November 27. Let’s have here a recap of the finalists for each of the three categories: Tractor, Distribution and Van (here’s an explanatory post). This year, even more zero emissions models are indeed competing for the awards, which reward the manufacturers’ efforts to make their vehicles increasingly sustainable.
Sustainable Truck of the Year 2022, the finalists in the Tractor category
Let’s start with the heavy-duty vehicles. Here, manufacturers like MAN, Scania and Volvo placed one of their trucks among the nominees. MAN TGX 18.510 combines high efficiency and practicality since the driveline, whose heart lays in the D 26 engine with 510 hp and 12.4 liters displacement managed by the 12-gear Tipmatic transmission. Furthermore, the cab has been optimized for improved aerodynamics. Scania S 770 relies on the well-known V8 engine, in turn optimized by the Swedish manufacturer. Ergonomics in the cab as well as ADAS functionalities – such as Lane keep assist or Lane change collision prevention, Blind spot warning and Driver attention support – are among the strengths of the truck. Lastly, Volvo FH 460 TC takes advantage of the turbocompound, which is back within Volvo Trucks’ strategy. In particular, the turbocompound ensures additional torque to the D 13 K engine developed by the Göteborg-based manufacturer.
Distribution: two out of three are electric trucks
In the Distribution category we see some electric models. It is pretty inevitable, as the heavy-duty segment is still quite far away from seeing electric trucks on the road. MAN TGM 18.320 is extremely efficient, relies on a short cab as well as on a 6-cylinder engine with very good figures in terms of sustainability, despite it is still a Diesel engine. The first electric truck comes with the Scania P BEV, capable to ensure 310 hp and autonomy up to 250 km for the version with 9 battery modules. Charging time for up to 80 percent reach 100 minutes for the 9-module truck. The third finalist is also an electric truck, namely Volvo FE Electric, which is paving the way for the heavy-duty and quarry vehicles, awaited next year. The FE Electric is equipped with an engine capable to ensure 544 hp and four batteries that reach 265 kWh. The autonomy may achieve 200 km.
All-electric finalists in the Van category
The third category is Van. Here, we always find the ‘E’ before the name of the vehicles, meaning the presence of all-electric vans. The E-Ducato from Fiat Professional may reach 370 km autonomy and 17 cubic meters volume, with the electric motor capable to power the van to 122 hp. The load is less lower than 2,000 kg. Peugeot E-Expert has been re-designed and shows a very pleasant look, besides a lot of customization opportunities. The electric motor ensures 136 hp and up to 300 km autonomy for the sturdiest version. Lastly, Mercedes E-Sprinter is the proof of the commitment into zero-emission vehicles put by the German manufacturer. In terms of comfort and loading space there’s nothing less compared to the ICE Sprinter. Here, the engine ensures 116 hp and autonomy up to 158 km.