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Get Behind the Wheel of the Latest Innovation Trends: Test Drives at the IAA Commercial Vehicles

Berlin, 24 August 2018

A wide variety of vehicles – including 36 electric vehicles – are waiting to be test driven by visitors to the IAA.

The 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles starting on 20 September in Hannover offers visitors diversified test-driving opportunities and a chance to experience for themselves how fast electric mobility is advancing. At this year's IAA Commercial Vehicles, for the first time, as many electric commercial vehicles are available for test drives as commercial vehicles with conventional powertrains – twice as many as at the IAA 2016.

E-transporters are moving forward on all fronts. At their stands, German and international transporter manufacturers are exhibiting battery electric vans which are now going into series or are already on the market. However, electric mobility is not confined to transporters; increasingly, busses and heavy trucks are also being electrified. For this reason, a total of 36 electric commercial vehicles are available for test drives on the CC grounds: 23 light and 13 heavy vehicles. About 20 companies are participating – including commercial vehicle manufacturers such as Daimler, Iveco Magirus, MAN, Nissan and Renault. In addition, automotive suppliers such as Voith, BPW Bergische Achsen and ZF Friedrichshafen are presenting their newest developments and innovations in especially equipped test vehicles. Krone, Libner, Sevic Systems, SAIC Mobility Europe and start-ups such as Urban Arrow und StreetScooter are exhibiting their solutions for the "last mile": cargo bicycles and electric mini-transporters inviting visitors to "move up the mobility ladder."

The test circuit for electric vehicles starts on the Platz der Nationen west of Hall 9 in the southern part of the CC grounds.

Test drivers can take the vehicle models with conventional powertrains into city traffic. An expert will accompany each driver to answer questions and give professional advice. Truck drivers, bus drivers and anyone thinking of expanding his or her vehicle fleet have a chance to gain practical experience with the desired model or to intensively test a commercial vehicle with the latest powertrain generation.

The companies Ford, Iveco Magirus, MAN, Scania and Nissan are offering a total of 36 highly efficient models with conventional power trains for test drives. Continental is making its latest developments available for testing. Visitors to the IAA planning their next vacation can try out three touring coaches at Van Hool Bus and Coach. Test drives of the conventional models start on the CC grounds west of Hall 27, right next to the West 1 Entrance.

Test drives are offered on all days of the IAA and are free for IAA visitors. They can be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Sept 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 16:15 – 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 20, and from 10:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 21 – 27. Vehicles with conventional powertrains can be test driven from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 20 – 27.

It is recommended that you reserve a test drive in advance. Test drives can only be booked with the individual companies at the IAA. Visitors interested in test drives must present a valid identity card and a driving license for the appropriate vehicle class.

The IAA Commercial Vehicles, the world's leading trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, is held by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). It opens its door to the public on 20 Sept. 2018 and closes on 27 Sept. 2018. More than 2,000 exhibitors from numerous countries present their innovations at the IAA; participants include manufacturers of heavy trucks, busses and transporters, the trailer industry and numerous automotive suppliers and service providers. The IAA is open for press representatives on Sept. 19 and 20 and for normal visitors starting on 20 Sept. 2018. Visitors who want to secure their tickets early to make sure they don't miss the New Mobility World and other highlights of the IAA can order admission tickets in advance at the IAA Ticket Shop (www.iaa.de).

Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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