IVECO’s Stralis NP range has beaten off competition from rival manufacturers to be named Low Carbon Truck of the Year at the Commercial Fleet Awards 2017. The title recognises IVECO’s commitment to using technology to improve sustainability, and the strength of its natural gas powered heavy truck offering.

Announcing the win, the Commercial Fleet Awards judging panel said: “IVECO was willing to try something different and succeeded in producing a vehicle that significantly reduces both CO2 and NOx emissions. Its use of CNG and LNG power is a breakthrough for long-distance trucking and marks a major stride forward in making alternative fuels operationally acceptable within the industry.”

Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President, commented: “It’s fantastic to see IVECO’s market and technology leadership in Natural Power is winning the recognition it deserves. This latest victory is further endorsement that natural gas represents the future for sustainable transport, and a proven technology which fleets can adopt today. Stralis NP is a hugely capable heavy truck which, following the launch of our new Cursor 13 460hp engine, offers a solution for even the most demanding long-haul missions.”

The new Stralis NP 460 hp was launched internationally in October 2017 and can deliver up to 2,000 Nm of torque, matched with a 12-speed Hi-Tronix automated transmission for excellent driving comfort and performance. It joins the existing Stralis NP 400 hp model, with both vehicles configurable to run on CNG, combined CNG and LNG, or LNG – with twin LNG tanks offering a range of up to 1,600 km.

Both Stralis NP models are packed full of IVECO fuel-saving technologies, delivering as much as a 15% improvement in fuel economy and up to 9% lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) versus an equivalent diesel vehicle.

Thanks to IVECO’s natural gas engine technology, particulate levels are negligible and NOx emissions are 60% lower than the Euro VI limits on long-haul missions. The Stralis NP is also much quieter than a dieselpowered truck, with noise levels being reduced by about 50%, improving deliveries in urban areas.

IVECO was the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to look at the potential of natural gas in 1991 – an anticipation that allowed the company to develop a full range of natural gas trucks, vans and buses. Currently, more than 23,000 IVECO gas-powered vehicles have been sold, with transport companies also benefitting from access to the extensive Eurocargo NP and Daily NP ranges.

The Stralis NP’s victory follows news in November that IVECO had been named in the UK Large Goods Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year at the GreenFleet Awards, and winner of the Leader in Low Emissions Vehicle category at the National Air Quality Awards. Together, these titles recognise IVECO’s unique position as the only manufacturer offering a full range of sustainable commercial vehicles.