CNH Industrial’s commercial truck manufacturer Iveco has introduced its concept for future trucking at the 2016 IAA Show in Hannover, Germany. The IVECO Z TRUCK, a long-haul truck, breaks away from every constraint to be a Zero-impact vehicle for a totally sustainable transport system.
The IVECO Z TRUCK concept, designed in collaboration by CNH Industrial’s Design Center and Innovation department, takes a step into the future by anticipating the way alternative energy, new technologies and automated driving will change the role of a driver. It is shaped by its enhanced aerodynamics, improved safety and the aim of creating a new living cab space. Its pioneering approach has resulted in this concept being protected by 29 patents.
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President comments: “We are facing a revolution triggered by the concern for the environment, the economy, and safety on and around vehicles. With our focus on our values of sustainability, TCO, technology and business partnership with our customers, at Iveco we have been working to constantly reduce the impact of our vehicles with alternative fuels such as bio-LNG, and putting the driver and the customer at the centre of our technological and design development.”
“We are defining a future of long-haul freight transport that is totally sustainable – a vehicle that has zero impact on its environment, with zero emissions and zero accidents,” Lahutte added.
The design is based on a heavy truck running on renewable natural gas (RNG) with conformable tanks, enhanced aerodynamics and a waste heat recovery system, to deliver long-haul transport with autonomy of 2,200 kilometers and virtually zero CO2 emissions.
IVECO Z TRUCK features a new generation LNG engine running on RNG (also known as biomethane), which is derived from refined biogas. This fuel, which plays a key role in CNH Industrial’s quest to develop sustainable transport modes on its path to Zero emissions, ensures low CO2 and ultra low PM emission.
This LNG-fuelled engine develops 460 hp and 2,000 Nm torque, and features a 16-gear automated transmission with Powershift in the upper gears.
The Zero concept carries through to other elements of the truck including Zero accidents through the advanced use of automated driving technologies, which defines how new technologies and autonomous driving will change the role of the driver into an on-board logistics operator.
The driver-centered design aims to achieve Zero stress and Zero waste of time. The cab is freed from traditional constraints to be reconfigured according to the different uses (driving, automated driving, office work, rest) and the HMI (Human Machine Interface) to adapt the way it provides information as needed.
(Source: CNH Industrial)
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