Italian auto manufacturer IVECO has launched a new range of light commercial vehicles (LCV) that celebrate its cutting edge technology for sustainable transportation. The New DAILY BLUE POWER family is described as the perfect vehicle for urban and suburban missions. Included in the new range is the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power.
The vehicle has been designed so that it can access all city centres round the clock, freeing transport operators from the constraints of environmental regulations with its winning combination of technology, low emissions and environmental impact, high performance and efficiency.
“In the face of the current push for decarbonisation and increasing access restrictions in cities, being sustainable is fast becoming an important competitive advantage for transport businesses. Sustainability has always been a core value for IVECO,” says Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President.
The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicle with an 8-speed automatic gearbox in the LCV industry, is “the perfect combination of low emission fuel and driveability for urban areas”.
It makes a further improvement on what was already the best solution for urban transport by offering the perfect combination: the sustainability of IVECO’s Natural Power natural gas technology and the absolute driving pleasure of its class-exclusive Hi-Matic transmission. This vehicle delivers the robustness, performance and reliability that the Daily is known for, together with more comfort and fuel economy, extra-low pollutant and CO2 emissions and best-in-class driveability.
IVECO Power for Performance
The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power builds on IVECO’s extensive experience of more than 20 years pioneering work in natural gas technology. It features the 3-litre F1C engine that generates 136 hp to deliver best-in-class torque of 350 Nm. This engine of industrial derivation is more robust and guarantees more torque and driveability than ordinary CNG car-derived engines, delivering a performance without compromise.
The environmental performance of the new model LCV is equally remarkable: the engine complies with Euro 6/D standards with 76% less Particulate Matter, 12% lower NOx emissions than IVECO’s Euro VI 3.0-litre Diesel engine, which already generates extremely low levels. In real driving conditions and in an urban context, CO2 emissions of the CNG engine are 3% lower than those of the equivalent Diesel version. The application of the Hi-Matic transmission to CNG further improves this performance, extending this gap to 5%. If biomethane (renewable natural gas) is used to run the CNG engine, CO2 emissions can be very close to zero, with a 95% reduction.
Efficient and Economical
The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power also delivers excellent fuel economy, with 2.5% fuel savings, on real urban cycle, compared to the CNG manual version. The lower pump price of CNG compared to Diesel translates into very competitive cost per km and, if all factors such as fuel price, engine efficiency and energy value are considered, natural gas can deliver cost savings in excess of up to 35% compared to Diesel. This makes it an economically sustainable solution for transport operators, which face constant and harsh competition.
The LCV is also extremely quiet, compared to its diesel equivalent, making it ideal for night time deliveries in urban areas. It also includes the BUSINESS UP exclusive application that turns on-board connectivity into a true professional work tool, providing the customer with a Driver Assistant and Business Assistant.