Beijing Foton launches “China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance”; Auman Energy Super Truck
Chinese truck and utility vehicle manufacturer Beijing Foton has launched the China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance and showcased the Auman EST (Energy Super Truck) at an event in Athens, Greece.
The Internet super truck project is a collaboration that brings together Foton Motor Group, Cummins, and Daimler AG and aims at building Internet-driven super trucks that are green, efficient, safe, and intelligent through the integration of global resources, the effective use of new energies, the establishment of vehicle networks, and the implementation of intelligent truck-loading technology.
The goals call for a 30% reduction in vehicle fuel consumption (or, to take it a step further, a 100% reduction in liquid or gaseous fuel consumption by adopting a fully electric model), a 30% reduction in carbon emissions (or, if the electric route is chosen, elimination), and to increase freight efficiency by 70%.
Foton Motor has formed an Internet super truck team that consists of Foton Motor, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Cummins, COSCO Logistics, CEVA Logistics, Faurecia, WABCO, Continental AG, TUV Rheinland, and Baidu, among other companies which are experts in the fields of automobile manufacturing, power systems, transportation, electronics, intelligent logistics and internet technology.
A senior manager at Foton Motors said that the China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance endeavors to construct a global industry ecosystem of Internet intelligent vehicles and contribute to building the world’s intelligent transportation networks and intelligent cities.
At present, the products included in Foton’s Internet super truck project encompass Foton’s Auman, Aumark and Ollin product lines. Foton introduced new Auman and Aumark ESTs through cooperation with Cummins Inc. and Daimler AG at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in April.
Foton said it chose Athens for the launch as it serves as an expression of the truck maker’s dedication to the mission of accelerating the implementation of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the plan put forth by Chinese President Xi Jinping to build connectivity and cooperation among the countries between China and the rest of Eurasia that lie along the ancient Silk Road trading routes.