IVECO BUS follows up on the launch earlier this year of its 12-m long URBANWAY Hybrid CNG city bus with the introduction of its new hybrid technology on the articulated version of the URBANWAY powered with Natural Gas – a further step forward in the evolution of its energy mix offer. With the addition of the new 18-m long URBANWAY Hybrid CNG compatible with biomethane, IVECO BUS extends its offering for urban transport to support transport operators in their energy transition.
This new articulated URBANWAY Hybrid delivers 16% fuel savings compared to the gas version and a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 16%, together with a significant improvement in Total Cost of Ownership.
Lyon, 13th October 2022
IVECO BUS is previewing the new articulated, biomethane compatible, URBANWAY Hybrid at the Autocar Expo fair in Lyon from 12 to 15 October. The new vehicle is also available in a Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT version) under the name CREALIS. This introduction is part of the manufacturer's strategy, as a leader in alternative tractions, to drive the energy transition with a mix of technologies, providing customers with a choice of solutions according to the requirements of their missions and operations. Deliveries of the new URBANWAY Hybrid in 18-metre versions will begin at the end of the year.
“At IVECO BUS, we believe that an energy mix is required to support the necessary energy transition. For this reason, we have chosen to combine natural gas with a high-performance and efficient hybrid technology on our URBANWAY and CREALIS articulated models. With this new addition, IVECO BUS further expands its urban offer for sustainable and economical mobility", explains Stéphane Espinasse, IVECO BUS Head of Sales and Products.
The new-generation hybrid technology, featuring an electric drivetrain developed in close collaboration with Voith, delivers a significant reduction in energy costs and CO2 emissions compared to previous generations, while optimising Total Cost of Ownership.
As with the 12-m long version, the hybrid solution featured in the articulated URBANWAY includes a 48 V battery coupled to the DIWA NXT gearbox and the proven Cursor 9 engine. The DIWA NXT gearbox is combined with a powerful 35 kW peak electrical recovery motor, which acts as a starter and generator to recover the kinetic energy accumulated during the deceleration and braking phases, with a high-energy LTO battery (48 V) mounted on the roof. The electric motor supports the Cursor 9 engine during the acceleration phases, in order to save fuel.
The new solution also features a Stop & Start function, which offers multiple advantages to users and operators. It eliminates noise and vibrations, resulting in greater comfort for passengers, residents, and pedestrians at bus stops, and further improves fuel economy.
With these features, the new-generation URBANWAY Hybrid delivers 16% fuel savings compared to the non-hybrid version – an important advantage at a time when local authorities and operators are facing rising energy costs. In addition, this renewable fuel hybrid solution enables them to reduce their CO2 emissions by up to 16%. When combined with biomethane, the CO2 emission reduction raises up to 83%.
The simpler design of this new-generation hybrid solution, which has no costly high-voltage components, together with the savings in fuel costs, significantly reduces the Total Cost of Ownership compared to previous full-hybrid technologies.
A wide choice of solutions for urban transport
With this with new-generation hybrid technology for its URBANWAY and CREALIS ranges, IVECO BUS extends its offering
for urban transport, which now offers a choice of:
- 12-metre standard and 18-meter articulated URBANWAY models equipped with a Cursor 9 engine in Diesel and XTL
- 10.5-, 12-, and 18-meter URBANWAY with a Cursor 9 Natural Gas engine.
- 12- and 18-meter CREALIS in Diesel, XTL and Natural Gas versions.