Iveco has launched the New Stralis NP, the first natural gas truck 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.
The New Stralis NP is the most sustainable international transport truck ever and a true breakthrough product, with several industry firsts.
It features the new 8.7-litre Iveco Cursor 9 Natural Gas engine that leverages on the stoichiometric solution Iveco developed 25 years ago, and which has come to be the most proven and reliable technology in the market. The engine delivers the same output of 400hp and 1,700 Nm torque as 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.
It is also the first natural gas truck with a 12-speed automated gearbox – the Eurotronic transmission guarantees lower fuel consumption and greater driving comfort. The bigger capacity of the fuel tanks lengthens the range autonomy of the LNG-only version to the record level of 1,500 km. The truck also features the Hi-Way cab, which was introduced on the ‘International Truck of the Year 2013’ Stralis Hi-Way.
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president, said in 1991 Iveco was the first manufacturer in the world of commercial transport to understand the potential of natural gas. Over the years it has introduced natural gas versions of trucks, vans and buses, and as a result, today Iveco has more than 15,000 gas vehicles in Europe.
“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 with the previous model, which already had fuel pump costs up to 40% lower than its diesel equivalent.
The clean fuel it runs on means it can access urban centres with increasingly stringent restrictions on noise and emissions.