During July UK’s most eagerly-anticipated natural gas truck had its global debut, with the new IVECO Stralis NP 460 6×2 tractor unit. The vehicle was unveiled at an exclusive launch event for customers and dealers at Gasrec’s refueling site at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) – one of Europe’s largest LNG stations. 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.
Designed to be the most sustainable heavy truck for 44-tonne operation, the Stralis NP 460 6×2 stands apart from competitors for being the first three-axle tractor to operate on 100% LNG and has been engineered in both right-hand and left-hand drive variants. The new vehicle joins IVECO’s growing natural gas-powered line-up, which now stretches from 3.5 to 44-tonnes. The existing 4×2 Stralis NP range offers a choice of 400hp and 460hp engines – of which there are 25 already in operation in the UK and more than 1,000 across Europe.
Stuart Webster, IVECO UK & Ireland Business Director, 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 natural gas.”
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 travel on a ‘same-day out and back’ operation, with gas companies keen to support businesses in establishing on-site refueling capabilities to complement the UK’s growing network.
IVECO engineers have also worked hard to ensure 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. Sitting at the heart of the new vehicle is the 12.9 liter IVECO Cursor 13 NP single-fuel engine, offering the perfect blend of power and performance for the majority of UK-based applications.
Source: Iveco UK