Iveco is gearing-up production of its right-hand drive natural gas powered Daily following a six month trial which saw the vehicle used for recycling and street cleansing operations on behalf of Camden Council.
Throughout the trial the Daily 65C14G cage tipper ran exclusively on fuel supplied by Gasrec, the UK’s first commercial producer of liquid biomethane (LBM), allowing comparisons to be drawn against similar vehicles operating on both diesel and compressed natural gas (CNG).
Iveco calculated that the amount of LBM consumed per month (370 kg) by the vehicle (on a basis of 1,500 km per month) equated to displacing 444 litres of diesel, showing a 30 per cent fuel cost saving per month.
The LBM powered Daily emitted 2,771 kg of carbon dioxide over this period, compared with 7,295 kg for the equivalent diesel model.
Martin Flach, product director at Iveco said: “The market for gas vehicles on the continent is many times that of the UK, but this is largely due in this country to the poor infrastructure and quality of gas from the Victorian mains that has a high moisture content and has historically resulted in reliability issues when used in commercial vehicles. Following the success of this trial, we will be making our gas powered Daily available to operators nationwide for use with LBM.”
The range of gas powered Daily’s includes 28 different models plated between 3.5 and 6.5 tonnes. All models are powered by the same three litre engine which is capable of producing up to 136 hp between 2,730 and 3,500 rev/min, and up to 350 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,730 rev/min.