Iveco gas truck on par with diesel

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Iveco has launched the new Stralis NP, which runs on com­pressed and liq­uid nat­u­ral gas, and is said to be the most sus­tain­able in­ter­na­tional trans­port truck yet, with sev­eral in­dus­try firsts.

It fea­tures the new Iveco Cur­sor 9 Nat­u­ral Power Euro VI en­gine, the first of its kind to de­liver the same power and torque out­put as its diesel equiv­a­lent. It is also the first nat­u­ral gas truck with a 12-speed au­to­mated gear­box, the Eurotronic trans­mis­sion, which guar­an­tees lower fuel con­sump­tion and greater driv­ing com­fort.

In the LNG-only ver­sion it has a record range be­tween fills of 1,500 km. It also fea­tures the Hi-Way cab, which was in­tro­duced on the “In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year 2013” Stralis Hi-Way, and which of­fers func­tion­al­ity and com­fort on longdis­tance mis­sions.

Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand pres­i­dent, com­mented: “Iveco was the first man­u­fac­turer in the world of com­mer­cial trans­port to un­der­stand, in 1991, the po­ten­tial of nat­u­ral gas. We have in­tro­duced in the mar­ket nat­u­ral gas ver­sions of trucks, vans and buses. As a re­sult, to­day we have a run­ning park of more than 15,000 gas ve­hi­cles in Europe. The New Stralis NP builds on Iveco’s ex­ten­sive ex­per­tise to take a step into the fu­ture: it is the first true long-haul gas truck in the mar­ket that of­fers an al­ter­na­tive to diesel ve­hi­cles and the most sus­tain­able long-dis­tance trans­port truck.”

The im­prove­ments con­trib­ute to a three per­cent re­duc­tion in to­tal cost of own­er­ship com­pared to the pre­vi­ous model, which al­ready had fuel pump costs up to 40 per­cent lower than its diesel equiv­a­lent.

The new 8.7-litre Iveco Cur­sor 9 nat­u­ral gas en­gine lever­ages on the sto­i­chio­met­ric so­lu­tion Iveco de­vel­oped 25 years ago, which has come to be the most proven and re­li­able technology in the mar­ket.

The per­for­mance has been fur­ther im­proved with im­por­tant en­gi­neer­ing up­grades: re­pro­filed in­take ports in­crease fuel econ­omy, in­jec­tors and rail have been mod­i­fied to al­low a higher fuel in­jec­tion pres­sure for a best-in-class per­for­mance, and a new high-flow three-way cat­alytic con­verter min­imises noise and con­sump­tion.

The en­gine de­liv­ers the same out­put of 298kW and 1,700Nm torque as its diesel equiv­a­lent, re­sult­ing in bestin-class weight-to-power ra­tio, power den­sity, ser­vice in­ter­vals, and quiet op­er­a­tion. It gen­er­ates 17 per­cent more power and six per­cent more torque than its best com­peti­tor.

The 12-speed au­to­mated gear­box low­ers fuel con­sump­tion and adds to its driv­ing com­fort, while the larger ca­pac­ity of the fuel tanks length­ens the range au­ton­omy of the LNGonly ver­sion to the record 1,500 km, with the same pay­load as its diesel equiv­a­lent.

The simple after-treat­ment sys­tem with no AdBlue, no par­tic­u­late fil­ter and no ac­tive regeneration sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces main­te­nance re­quire­ments and costs.

In ad­di­tions to the TCO-re­duc­ing fea­tures of the diesel mod­els, the NP of­fers out­stand­ing driv­ing com­fort and safety with an in­te­grated hy­draulic re­tarder, hill holder func­tion, and tadap­tive cruise con­trol (ACC) as stan­dard.

As men­tioned, NP fea­tures the longdis­tance Hi-Way cabin, a high-roof cab is de­signed around the driver, with an in­ter­nal height of about two me­tres and a vol­ume of more than 10 cu.m.

It fea­tures a quiet in­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment, cli­mate con­trol, stor­age com­part­ments, in­fo­tain­ment, driv­ing er­gonomics and night ac­com­mo­da­tion, with a choice of one or two beds. The er­gonomic and func­tional dash­board is laid out so that all the con­trols are within easy reach without mov­ing away from the seat’s back­rest for max­i­mum safety and com­fort.

Iveco’s on­go­ing fo­cus and re­search into new tech­nolo­gies has en­abled the brand to be­come the Euro­pean leader in al­ter­na­tive fu­els, de­vel­op­ing cut­ting edge so­lu­tions con­trib­ute to a fur­ther re­duc­tion of the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the trans­port sec­tor.”

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