Iveco is extending its line-up of natural gas powered heavy duty trucks in the UK and Ireland with the launch of a new range of Stralis rigids and tractor units designed to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The introduction of the new models follows Iveco’s decision to exhibit a Dutch-registered LNG-powered Stralis Active Day tractor at the Low Carbon Vehicle Show at Millbrook last September (2010), which attracted considerable interest. The UK range will include a right-hand drive 19 tonne 4×2 rigid, 26 tonne 6×2 rigid and a 4×2 tractor unit – each available with the choice of an Active Day or Active Time cab.
The new models are initially offered with a six cylinder 7.8 litre Cursor 8 engine producing up to 270 hp – with 300 and 330 hp variants to be added later in 2011. Vehicles will be fitted with cryogenic tanks to store the LNG at -160 degrees Celsius, with tank sizes specified to suit the required application, enabling a maximum vehicle range of up to 1,000 km.
Martin Flach, Product Director at Iveco UK, explains: “LNG offers distinct advantages over CNG for specific applications as it benefits from a greater energy density, which in turn means vehicle range is significantly increased. Whilst Stralis CNG models are designed for urban distribution – as currently used by Coca-Cola Enterprises in and around London – the LNG variants will enable us to offer alternative fuel heavy trucks for regional distribution and lightweight trunking.
“Additional benefits for fleets adopting a gas-powered driveline are up to a 50 per cent reduction in engine noise compared with a regular diesel, making them ideally suited to night-time deliveries. They also enable fleets to meet virtually the same emissions standards which will be required by Euro 6. The vehicles will perform equally on LNG and Liquified Biomethane (LBM) – where significant improvements, in excess of 90%, on well-to-wheel CO2 can be achieved,” he adds.
Stralis LNG models, complementing the existing Stralis compressed natural gas (CNG) range, are available to order with immediate effect from dealers across the UK and Ireland. Over 20 vehicles are already operating in the Netherlands, where the first LNG-powered Stralis was delivered in March 2010.
This item compiled using information from an Iveco press release.