Iveco launches gas powered tractor for 44-tonne operation

Basildon, UK: Iveco has launched its Stralis NP 460 three-axle tractor.  The vehicle was unveiled at Gasrec’s refuelling site at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal – one of Europe’s largest liquefied gas filling stations.

Designed to be the most sustainable heavy truck for 44-tonne operation, the Stralis NP 460 6×2 is the first three-axle tractor to operate on 100% liquefied natural gas and is available in right- and left-hand drive variants.

The new vehicle joins Iveco’s gas-powered line-up covering 3.5 to 44-tonnes. The existing 4×2 Stralis NP range has 400hp and 460hp engines – of which there are 25 already in operation in the UK and more than 1,000 in Europe.

Stuart Webster, UK and Ireland business director, Iveco, says: “This is a really exciting launch for Iveco and marks the moment natural gas moves into mainstream UK volume in a big way. What began as a niche fuel now offers fleets the widest range of opportunities for the future and we’re absolutely committed to helping operators begin the technology transfer from diesel to gas.

“Bringing this new vehicle to market is the culmination of our more than 20 years development of natural gas technology – packaged into a 6×2 tractor which can deliver a true competitive advantage for UK fleets on both regional and long-distance missions.”

The Stralis NP 460 6×2 runs exclusively on LNG from tanks mounted either side of the chassis, for a range of approximately 750km. IVECO says this makes it perfect for applications where vehicles operate on a ‘same-day out and back’ operation, with gas companies keen to support businesses in establishing on-site refuelling capabilities to complement the UK’s growing network.

“Customers tell us that vehicle range will be key to winning their orders, and we’re confident that our pure LNG solution will deliver the optimum mileage for a 6×2 gas-powered tractor,” Webster says.

The new vehicle can accommodate the largest possible LNG tanks, whilst still maintaining 22.5” wheels across all three axles – one of many steps to ensure Stralis NP enjoys the widest possible customer acceptance. At the heart of the new vehicle is the 12.9 litre Iveco Cursor 13 NP single-fuel engine, offering the perfect blend of power and performance for the majority of UK-based applications. The vehicle also has Iveco’s 12-speed Hi-Tronix automated transmission.

The Stralis NP maximises the environmental advantages of natural gas, regarded as the most eco-friendly fuel for internal combustion engines giving a 99% reduction of PM and 60% in NOx compared to Euro VI limits, helping to significantly improve air quality. It also offers fleets the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 95% when running on liquefied bio-methane. Designed to be extremely quiet in operation, the Cursor 13 NP engine records less than 71dB on the Piek quiet truck test, adding to the vehicle’s sustainability credentials.

The Stralis NP 460 6×2 is available to order from dealers nationwide with immediate effect, with the first demonstrators expected to commence trials with UK fleets during October 2018.

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