IVECO GAS-POWERED COACH MAKES WORLD DEBUT
THE IVECO ‘NATURAL POWER RANGE’ of vehicles is now complete with the company globally premiering its Crossway Natural Power coach at Autocar Expo in Lyon, France, in October.
Futureproofed for any potential future market uptake in the ingeniously thought-out idea of synthetic methane – a by-product of using electrical energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar – the new Natural Power Coach gives insight into the forward thinking of the company and arguably added weight to its claim as, “undisputed leader in the intercity segment”.
According to the company, the Crossway Natural Power – powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) – has all of the features that have made the diesel version such a success: autonomy, passenger capacity and luggage space, as well as maintaining
As Iveco explains, the Crossway Natural Power is equipped with the latest-generation Iveco Cursor 9 NP engine, produced at the FPT Industrial plant, a brand of CNH Industrial – and includes a clever design integrating the compressed gas tanks into the roof.
This exclusive patented feature, it says, optimises the vehicle’s centre of gravity for greater on-road stability and increases comfort for the driver and passengers.
The design also makes it the lowest vehicle on the market, in terms of overall height, meaning that it can be operated without specific restrictions, it’s claimed.
The Crossway NP coach provides the same accessibility, passenger capacity and luggage space as the diesel version. With a total capacity of 1,260 litres (four 315-litre tanks) the vehicle has a range of up to 600km, and is compatible with rapid or slow filling.
The Cursor 9 NP engine delivers 360hp (approx. 268kW), the same as its diesel equivalent. The interior has a minimum two-metre height and features hand-luggage racks.
Available as 12- or 13-metre models, and in LINE and POP versions, the Crossway NP is, “the new alternative for regions, counties and cities wishing to provide transport solutions … fully compatible with ‘energy transition’ projects,” the company states.
Above: The new Crossway Natural Power coach is equipped with the latestgeneration Iveco Cursor 9 NP engine and compressed gas tanks in the roof.