Video: Iveco unveils concept Z Truck

Vehicle is protected by 29 patents

Iveco has premiered its ‘Z’ truck, a long-haul concept truck, which anticipates the way alternative energy and automated driving will impact on drivers’ lives. The vehicle, unveiled at IAA 2016, is protected by 29 patents.

The concept truck features a new generation LNG engine running on bio-methane, which is derived from refined biogas, and uses up to 33% less fuel. The engine, which features a 16-gear automated transmission with Powershift in the upper gears, develops 343kW and 2,000Nm torque.

The engine was developed with Petronas Lubricants International – it’s Urania low viscosity engine oils contributed to the vehicle reaching its zero emissions target.

The truck features a new concept tank developed with SAG. It is made of aluminium insulated with a new system called multi layer insulation, a reflective foil that protects from heat radiation. It also features a technology that allows for a squared shape, which makes it possible to optimise the use of space and accommodate two tanks with a single recharge. The two tanks have a total capacity of 1,200 litres, resulting in autonomy of 2,200km, 60% more than the current Stralis NP.

An on-board Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system exploits exhaust gas as a heat source to recover energy.

Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president, said: “We are facing a revolution triggered by the concern for the environment, the economy, and safety on and around vehicles. With our focus on our values of sustainability, TCO [total cost of ownership], technology and business partnership with our customers, at Iveco we have been working to constantly reduce the impact of our vehicles with alternative fuels such as bio-LNG, and putting the driver and the customer at the centre of our technological and design development.

“With Iveco Z Truck and its 29 patents, we are defining where our efforts could lead us in the future: a vehicle with a human dimension, designed to accommodate comfortably and safely the work and leisure activities of the driver, adapting each time to his needs. We are defining a future of long-haul freight transport that is totally sustainable – a vehicle that has zero impact on its environment, with zero emissions and zero accidents.”

The concept vehicle, designed by CNH Industrial Design Centre, is shaped by its enhanced aerodynamics, by the improved safety, and by the aim of creating a new living cab space.

The Z Truck enables the driver to reconfigure the cab layout according to its use. A sliding wall at the rear slides back automatically, adding 500mm interior length and increasing the living space.

The seat, steering wheel system, pedals and controls console form a self-contained unit that is suspended independently from the cab for the smoothest ride. The air conditioning system provides ideal conditions around the driver’s seat, creating a ‘Climatic Bubble’ that encloses the driving platform, so that the driver enjoys ideal temperature conditions with no disturbance from air flows.

The human machine interface has been designed to ensure the driver has full, all-round visibility and to provide adaptive information. The data is projected on the smart windshield as it becomes necessary and changes according to what the driver needs at the time. This includes active connectivity with Michelin’s tyres, which provides real time data on tyre pressure, temperature and usage.

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