Iveco to launch dliesel-electric hybrid daily vans
17 Jul 2008
Italian automaker, Iveco today announced the launch of ten diesel-electric hybrid daily vans. Prior to its introduction in the market, Iveco will run the fleet through an extended field evaluation with FedEx Express, the world's largest express air delivery company, in Milan and Turin, Italy.
The latest generation of hybrid technology, which was showcased at Rai Motor Show in Amsterdam last October, enables fuel savings of up to 30 per cent in urban environments, with a corresponding reduction of CO2 emissions versus standard vehicles, thanks to sophisticated control and operation systems like stop & start, launch in electric mode and energy recovery from braking.
The new fleet of hybrid vehicles will serve to reduce annual diesel fuel consumption by about 6,000 litres with a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions of about 15 tons compared to conventional power train vehicles. Additionally, the Iveco vans are ideal for commercial use thanks to their manoeuvrability.
A symbolic handover of the vehicle keys was made by Paolo Monferino, Iveco chief executive officer, to John Formisano, FedEx Express vice president of Global Vehicles in the beautiful scenario of Palazzo Marino in Milan. The ceremony was held in the presence of the cCouncil member with responsibility for mobility, transport and environment for Milan Edoardo Croci.
Iveco designs, manufactures, and markets a broad range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, city and intercity buses and coaches as well as special vehicles for applications such as fire fighting, off-road missions, defence and civil protection.
Iveco employs over 26,000 people and runs 27 production units in 16 Countries in the world using excellent technologies developed in five research centres. Besides Europe, the company operates in China, Russia, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa. More than 4,600 service outlets in over 100 Countries guarantee technical support wherever in the world an Iveco vehicle is at work.