|Iveco Daily Natural Power vehicles awaiting delivery. Click to enlarge.|
Iveco contracted to deliver 115 Daily Natural Power light commercial vehicles to TNT Express Italy by 2013. The methane gas-powered vehicles will be used by TNT for its express courier activities in the Rome area as well as other parts of Central Italy.
The New Daily Natural Power is equipped with a 100 kW, 3.0L, in-line 4-cylinder Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) Industrial CNG engine with three-way catalytic converter, using a stoichiometric combustion regime that results in exhaust emissions well below the European EEV limits. The system can detect the composition of the gas used and is able to adapt the actual air/fuel ratio accordingly, in order to maintain low emissions without sacrificing performance.
The positive ignition results in engine noise significantly lower than that of a diesel equivalent, so that these vehicles are suitable for night-time use in urban centers without requiring additional sound insulation measures. The noise levels are five decibels lower, resulting in 75% less overall audible perception and improving on-board driver comfort.
The Natural Power version maintains the same performance, power and torque of its diesel counterpart, while allowing for an estimated fuel cost reduction of 40%. The vehicle also reduces CO2 emissions by 5-8% resulting in a vehicle performance that surpasses the limits set by the Euro VI legislation.
The “Recovery Mode” option makes it possible to switch the power source to gas, allowing drivers to continue their journey in the event that the methane supply runs out.
The vehicles are equipped with a new generation ESP (Electronic Stability Program) system which includes an Anti-lock Braking System, Automated System Recovery and Hill Holder technologies. The presence of the ESP system allows for a payload capacity of 90 kg (198 lbs) more than the diesel version.
The supply of these vehicles will take place in several stages. The first and largest delivery of 66 vans is taking place at the Iveco Romana Diesel dealership in Rome.
Iveco offers a complete range of natural gas-powered vehicles from the 3.5 tonne Daily Natural Power to the 16 tonne Eurocargo and the 40 tonne Stralis which is available with either Compressed Natural Gas or Liquefied Natural Gas. More than 12,000 natural gas-powered Iveco vehicles are currently in circulation, used by both private businesses and public organizations, 5,000 of which are Daily models, 2,000 are medium- and heavy-duty range and 5,000 are buses.