Cadent, the UK’s largest gas distribution network serving 11 million homes and an adopter of IVECO conventional fuel Daily vans, has signalled it’s intention to explore using CNG-powered vehicles for future fleet replacements – with IVECO’s gas models forming a key part of the International Van of the Year 2018-winning Daily Blue Power range.
Cadent is responsible for half of the UK’s eight regional gas distribution networks. It looks after the pipes taking gas to millions of homes and businesses and connecting new ones to the network. The new vans will be integrated into their emergency response fleet.
The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is the first CNG-powered LCV with an eight-speed automatic gearbox in the industry. It features the 3.0-litre four-cylinder F1C engine that generates 136PS to deliver best-in-class torque of 350Nm. This engine is more robust and guarantees more torque and driveability than ordinary CNG car-derived engines, delivering a performance without compromise.
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 is used to run the CNG engine, CO2 emissions can be very close to zero, with a 95% reduction.
The van’s service interval of up to 40,000 km (depending on mission) is attractive for fleet operators such as Cadent.
Source: CNH Industrial