Iveco has unveiled a concept vehicle, the “Z Truck”, designed to be a zero-impact vehicle for a totally sustainable transport system.
It is based on a heavy truck running on bio-liquefied natural gas with conformable tanks, enhanced aerodynamics and a waste heat recovery system, to deliver long-haul transport with a range of 2,200 kilometres and virtually zero CO2 emissions.
Iveco said new technologies and automated driving would change the role of a driver. “It is shaped by its enhanced aerodynamics, improved safety and the aim of creating a new living cab space. Its pioneering approach has resulted in this concept being protected by 29 patents.
“The Zero concept carries through to other elements of the truck including Zero accidents through the advanced use of automated driving technologies, which defines how new technologies and autonomous driving will change the role of the driver into an on-board logistics operator.
“The driver-centered design aims to achieve Zero stress and Zero waste of time. The cab is freed from traditional constraints to be reconfigured according to the different uses (driving, automated driving, office work, rest) and the HMI (Human Machine Interface) to adapt the way it provides information as needed – the right information, at the right time, in the right place,” it said.