Daimler Truck has spoken about how it has adopted Siemens’ Xcelerator platform in order to shape its future CO₂-neutral vehicles.
The company, the world’s largest Truck and Bus producer, has stuck to its plans to implement a dual-track strategy of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, views computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as critical to its engineering development process, as it looks to implement a full digital twin-driven multi-physics environment.
Daimler Truck says it plans to use Simcenter STAR-CCM+ to improve aerodynamic performance, as well as explore and optimise e-mobility propulsion and energy management systems, including battery cooling and hydrogen technology.
It says that the software will also help support legacy combustion engine and exhaust system design and associated CO2 reduction.
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and Mercedes-Benz eActros battery-electric vehicles have been in series production since 2018 and 2021 respectively, with further models due to follow this year.
On the hydrogen side, Daimler Truck says that the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck fuel-cell prototype has been undergoing intensive testing since last year – both on the in-house test track and on public roads. The development goal is a range of up to 1,000 kilometers and longer for the series production vehicle, with the production launch planned for 2027.
In addition to software, Siemens and Daimler Truck are partnering for the training of young engineers to create the high-level simulation specialists that will assist in ensuring Daimler Truck can maintain its position in the market.
“We are proud to have Daimler Truck as the newest member of our ever-expanding customer family,” said Edwin Severijn, Sr. VP and GM, EMEA, Siemens Digital Industries Software.
“Digitalisation is critical to sustainable industrial innovation in the transportation sector and by providing insight into the real-world performance of products, Simcenter STAR-CCM+ can accelerate innovation for a better tomorrow.”