ABC (Australia) - - NEWS - The same height and equiv­a­lent op­er­at­ing cost.

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.

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