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Iveco Unveils New Natural Gas-Powered Z Truck Concept


Last week, Iveco launched its natural gas-powered Z Truck concept for the European market at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany. The Iveco Z Truck features automated driving technology, an aerodynamic design, and a waste heat recovery system.

However, while some manufacturers have chosen the electric route, Iveco has fitted its concept with a powertrain fueled by LNG technology. The conformable LNG storage tanks are made of insulated aluminum.

Boosting the truck’s range is the inclusion of a Rankine Cycle Waste Heat Recovery system, said Iveco, which “exploits exhaust gas as a heat source to recover energy, with the result of a further fuel economy gain while driving.”

All aspects of the truck have drivers and the environment in mind, said Iveco brand president Pierre Lahutte. “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 center of our technological and design development,” added Lahutte.