IVECO launched the new Daily Blue Power family, the sustainable business partner for urban and suburban missions; it can access all city centers round the clock, freeing transport operators from the constraints of environmental regulations with its winning combination of technology, low emissions and environmental impact, high performance and efficiency. The Daily Blue Power offers freedom of choice between three technologies, including the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power.
The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is the first compressed natural gas LCV with an 8-speed automatic gearbox in the industry. It makes a further improvement on what was already the best solution for urban transport by offering the perfect combination: the sustainability of IVECO’s Natural Power natural gas technology and the absolute driving pleasure of its class-exclusive Hi-Matic transmission. This vehicle delivers the robustness, performance and reliability that the Daily is known for, together with more comfort and fuel economy, extra-low pollutant and CO2 emissions and best-in-class drivability.
The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power builds on IVECO’s extensive experience of more than 20 years pioneering work in natural gas technology. It features the 3-litre F1C engine that generates 136 hp to deliver best-in-class torque of 350 Nm. This engine of industrial derivation is more robust and guarantees more torque and drivability than ordinary CNG car-derived engines, delivering a performance without compromise.
The environmental performance of the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is equally remarkable: the engine complies with Euro 6/D standards with 76% less Particulate Matter, 12% lower NOx emissions than IVECO’s Euro VI 3.0-litre Diesel engine, which already generates extremely low levels. In real driving conditions and in an urban context, CO2 emissions of the CNG engine are 3% lower than those of the equivalent Diesel version. The application of the Hi-Matic transmission to CNG further improves this performance, extending this gap to 5%. If bio-methane is used to run the CNG engine, CO2 emissions can be very close to zero, with a 95% reduction.
The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power also delivers excellent fuel economy, with 2.5% fuel savings, on real urban cycle, compared to the CNG manual version. The lower pump price of CNG compared to Diesel translates into very competitive cost per km and, if all factors such as fuel price, engine efficiency and energy value are considered, natural gas can deliver cost savings in excess of up to 35% compared to Diesel. This makes it an economically sustainable solution for transport operators, which face constant and harsh competition. It is also extremely quiet, compared to its diesel equivalent, making it ideal for night time deliveries in urban areas.
The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power also includes the BUSINESS UP exclusive application that turns on-board connectivity into a true professional work tool, providing the customer with a Driver Assistant and Business Assistant.
With its absolute driving pleasure, fuel economy, environmental performance, quiet operation, low TCO and high connectivity, this unique vehicle offers the perfect combination of low emission fuel and drivability for urban areas that makes it the perfect transport LCV for sustainable businesses.
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, explains: “In the face of the current push for decarbonisation and increasing access restrictions in cities, being sustainable is fast becoming an important competitive advantage for transport businesses. Sustainability has always been a core value for IVECO, and we saw long ago that our path to sustainable urban transport is through advanced Diesel technology and alternative tractions such as electric and natural gas in particular. That is why we have pioneered alternative tractions for over 20 years and invested in advanced technologies to dramatically reduce emissions on our Diesel engines. The Daily Blue Power is the culmination of all the work we have done in this field. It offers our customers a unique choice that gives them a competitive advantage to develop their sustainable business in urban areas without limitations.”