Iveco is trialling ten diesel-electric hybrid Daily vans that promise to offer fuel savings of up to 30 per cent in urban environments.
The trials will be conducted with FedEx Express on routes between Milan and Turin using the latest generation of hybrid technology developed by Iveco. The fuel and CO2 savings are made possible using control and operation systems such as Stop & Start, launch in electric mode and energy recovery from braking.
It is expected that the fleet of ten Daily hybrid vehicles will serve to reduce annual diesel fuel consumption by approximately 6,000 litres, with a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions of about 15 tonnes in comparison to conventional powertrain vehicles.
Commenting on the trial, Paolo Monferino, Iveco’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are committed to the development of this technology and the next step is to make it affordable for our customers. In order to meet customer demand, Iveco will introduce hybrid power train technology in our vehicle production facilities by the end of 2009.”
John Formisano, FedEx Express Vice President of Global Vehicles, added: “This investment demonstrates FedEx’s continuing commitment to aid in the further development of hybrid-electric commercial vehicles across the globe, and reflects the growing commercial viability of this technology.”
The trial is the first stage of an agreement between Iveco and FedEx Express, who have been working together in the development of this technology. FedEx Express will also be the first company to test this new technology in other European cities, with further vehicles to be trialled in Paris shortly.
Drivers of the first Daily hybrid vehicles in Italy have commented that they are ideal for commercial use because of their manoeuvrability. Following a programme of driver training, FedEx Express couriers were overwhelmingly positive in their praise for the performance, drivability, and ease-of-use of the Daily hybrid vans.