Three pioneering fire trucks featuring Volvo Penta electric drivelines are on their way to fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai to begin real-world customer testing.

When it comes to increasing vehicle safety, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has always been a pioneer in the industry. The company has invested hundreds of millions of euros per year in research and development, for assistance systems to provide even greater assistance to drivers in their work and increase safety for all road users. Most recent examples include Active Sideguard Assist with automated braking function and Active Drive Assist 2 with automatic emergency stop function, both available from June 2021.

‘Now & Next’ is the theme under which Mercedes-Benz Trucks is presenting its new products at the Wörth plant and giving an insight into the future of sustainable mobility. Among the new products on display is a prototype of the battery-electric eActros for heavy-duty distribution haulage; it is close to the series-production vehicle and gives a very tangible impression of the future model. Series production is due to start in 2021 at the Wörth plant – alongside the existing manufacture of trucks with combustion engines. The eEconic, designed specifically for municipal use, is based on the Mercedes-Benz eActros and is intended to follow it into series production in 2022.

Central Diesel Services Ltd has appointed Nigel Monk to the newly created position of engineering manager. CDS recently relocated its engineering department to a purpose-designed facility at 55 Hull Road, Mount Maunganui, to meet the increasing demand for transport related engineering work.


Kenworth’s hard man at the head, Patchell Industries bearing the load, and local talent at the tiller – it would appear Self Loader Logging Ltd has no problem separating the wood from the trees along the hallowed carriageways of the mighty Kaingaroa.

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