Eicher's launches fully connected trucks in India
Published On Jul 22, 2020
Eicher LIVE is India's most comprehensive trucking solution for better profitability and productivity of its BS6 trucks. All trucks and buses will be offered with a complimentary 2 years' subscription.
Taking a step towards digitalisation and modernising the Indian commercial vehicle industry, VE Commercial Vehicles today announces the introduction of the industry-first initiative of fully connected vehicles across its entire product portfolio – Eicher LIVE. Starting next month, the trucks and buses built on the EUTECH6 platform will be equipped with pre-fitted hardware that would enable them to be completely connected while on the road and the industry's first ecosystem.
Logistics costs in India are amongst the highest in the world. Almost half of the operating costs of trucks and buses is accounted for by fuel. Eicher's new solution will help extract maximum possible fuel efficiency with savings of up to 10% on fuel costs.
The low asset utilisation or limited hours the trucks and buses run every day is another key reason for high operational costs in India. However, with improved infrastructure and advanced commercial vehicles in the BS6 trucks range, it's possible to run more. This solution will significantly improve uptime & logistics efficiency, hence the revenue-earning potential for Eicher customers. Being constantly connected, commercial vehicle owners will be able to maximize the potential of earning and saving while improving service levels to their customers.
Eicher's 100% connected Trucks & Buses are offered with a host of intelligent features that will enable three key benefits for the customer, including fuel-efficient operations, superior uptime enabled by the industry-first Eicher Uptime Centre support, and segment-specific benefits such as enhanced logistical efficiency in e-commerce & passenger safety in buses.
Speaking on the new initiative, Vinod Aggarwal, Managing Director & CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles, said, "The unique proposition of connected vehicles is a significant step towards modernising the CV industry. Starting with Eicher Live, then the uptime centre and now with 100% connected vehicles, we are closing the loop on providing a connected ecosystem for tomorrow, which is driven by the BS VI wave. These offerings will not only reduce the operational cost by maximising fuel efficiency but will also increase revenue through improved asset utilisation with superior uptime. It will also offer better safety and logistical efficiency to our partners and customers."
Eicher uptime centre in Pithampur plant work 24x7 to help customers
On expanding the technology across 100% of the vehicle range, he added, that "Large fleet customers who have high demands of fuel efficiency, safety and driving behaviour as critical elements will be able to maximise their productivity and profitability. This technology will not only benefit the big logistics players but also the last mile vehicles as effectively."
Eicher's advanced telematics system is fully integrated with the vehicle's electronics and is engineered as an integral part of it. With the new emissions era of BSVI, the telematics system leverages the several sensors fitted in the vehicle. It converts the large amounts of data to enable deeper insights, thereby creating a unique value proposition for customers.
On one end, it is connected to the CAN, the electronics backbone of the truck, and hence has access to vehicle data generated by sensors, ECUs, and any exceptions through fault codes. On the other side, it's connected with Eicher's unique support solutions, such as Uptime Centre, Fuel Management services, and segment-specific solutions.
Eicher launched its all-new BS6 truck range in early March, and the new trucks are already available for retail sales across India. The company is promising not just stringent emission norms trucks with much more value to its customer.