Iveco, an Italian industrial vehicle manufacturing company wholly owned by CNH Industrial, has launched the New Stralis NP at its manufacturing base in Madrid, Spain. The vehicle runs on Compressed (CNG) and Liquefied (LNG) Natural Gas and is referred to by Iveco as the most sustainable international transport truck ever.
The New Stralis NP natural gas truck is specifically designed for long-haul operations. It is the only truck that can run on Compressed or Liquid Natural Gas, or a blend of the two, to deliver the power rating, comfort, transmission technology and fuel autonomy to suit long-distance haulage missions.
A new engine, the Iveco Cursor 9 Natural Power Euro VI engine, delivers 400 hp and 1,700 Nm torque, equal to its diesel equivalent, resulting in best-in-class weight-to-power ratio, power density, service intervals, and quiet operation. It generates 17% more power and 6% more torque than its best competitor.
The 8.7-litre Cursor 9 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: re-profiled 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 3-way catalyst minimises noise and consumption.
The 12-speed automated gearbox dramatically increases durability, reduces costs and improves driving comfort.
The Hi-Way cab, introduced on the “International Truck of the Year 2013” Stralis Hi-Way, provides a functional environment with all the comforts needed for a long-haul mission. With an internal height of about 2 metres and a volume of over 10 cubic metres, it is the biggest and most comfortable cab in the gas truck category.
With a range autonomy of up to a maximum 1500 kilometres (LNG version only), the New Stralis NP breaks new ground, making natural gas a viable solution for all missions all the way up to international long haulage. The clean fuel it runs on means it can access urban centres with increasingly stringent restrictions on noise and emissions.
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, commented: “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 ever”.
The improvements introduced in the New Stralis NP contribute to a 3% reduction in Total Cost of Ownership compared to the previous model, which already had fuel pump costs up to 40% lower than its diesel equivalent.
Best-in-class TCO reduction
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 New Stralis NP offers outstanding driving comfort & safety with the integrated hydraulic retarder, the hill holder function and the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) as standard. With the new Stralis NP, Iveco is taking the gas trucks out of the niche market dimension into that of a volume market.
Iveco’s new generation services are offered as standard on the New Stralis NP: the exclusive Uptime Guarantee, which gets the vehicle back on the road within 24 hours in case of breakdown, carrying out repairs at the nearest Iveco Truck Station, and Iveco’s Fuel Consultancy Services that include TCO2 Reporting and Advising.