STRALIS Hi-Way: working on the hi-way
Iveco presents the STRALIS Hi-Way, the latest generation of heavy-duty road vehicles. The new STRALIS Hi-Way, produced at the Iveco plant in Madrid, offers a series of important advantages to customers: reduced fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs and enhanced reliability and quality.
Hi-Profitability: the lowest cost of ownership over a vehicle life cycle
The needs of the customer are the most important factors for Iveco in addressing its product engineering solutions. With this in mind, Iveco developed the new STRALIS Hi-Way with the aim of reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
By combining product quality with a range of integrated services that include programmed assistance, fleet management and driver training for economical driving, Iveco can obtain a TCO reduction by up to 4% on an international mission carried out with a STRALIS Hi-Way tractor unit for an average of 130,000 kilometres a year and a holding period of 48 months.
As part of the costs that contribute to determining the value of the TCO, the most significant factor is represented by fuel consumption. Building on the ECOSTRALIS technologies already applied in the previous range, which ensured excellent fuel efficiency, the new STRALIS is equipped with next-generation solutions. In combination, these additions allow for a savings of up to 10% in fuel.
Hi-Design & Aerodynamics: the new front section
Designed with the primary aim of reducing drag coefficient (Cx), the new cab has been enhanced through new design features that render its unique style even more distinctive. The new front end is characterised by a central grille and redesigned air deflectors, a new sun visor with LED lights, optimized bumper design, light assemblies equipped with LED Daytime Running Lights and BiXenon headlights.
Aerodynamics is one of the most critical factors in determining energy efficiency: at 85 km/h, 40% of the fuel is used to overcome air resistance. The new STRALIS cab is streamlined to achieve an excellent drag coefficient (Cx), improved by 3%. This makes the cab quieter for the driver, whilst delivering a significant fuel advantage on long-haul missions for the operator.
Hi-Comfort & Ergonomics: the new cabs
The STRALIS cab range offers two widths: the premium Hi-Way cab (width 2,500 mm), designed to ensure maximum comfort on long-haul missions for either single or two-man crews. This top-of-the-range cab is available in high and low-roof sleeper cab versions. Alternatively a medium cab (width 2,300 mm) is available as a sleeper cab Hi-Road with a choice of medium-high and low-roof, or as a day-cab Hi-Street low roof model.
All cabs have been redesigned around the driver, delivering exceptional ergonomics, comfort, safety and infotainment. This helps to support the creation of an optimal working environment where the focus is on maximising productivity.
Hi-Technology & Telematics: the on-board telematics
At the stand in Hanover, an area entirely dedicated to TELEMATICS will be located right next to the STRALIS range.
The pursuit of efficiency also makes use of advanced and easy-to-use control devices which help to provide a productive work environment. In particular, on the new STRALIS you will find IVECONNECT, the exclusive system with a 7’’ touchscreen that allows you to manage infotainment, navigation, driving support tools and advanced fleet-management services in an easy and integrated way.
IVECONNECT DRIVE includes a navigation system with truck navigation function, the “Driving Style Evaluation” system, which acts as a driving instructor always on board, and the Driver Attention Support safety device, to protect the driver from fatigue and drowsiness. This same touchscreen interface is also the on-board terminal for the IVECONNECT FLEET advanced fleet-management services, a new system that monitors the vehicle’s position and allows for data integration with the company's logistics systems.
Hi-Efficiency: low fuel consumption and excellent performance
The new STRALIS is equipped with Cursor FPT Industrial engines with in-line six cylinder architecture, in three variants (8, 10 and 13- litres for the Euro V range and 9, 11 and 13- litres for the Euro VI range) and with power from 310 to 560 HP.
In Hanover, Iveco makes two major announcements on the engines available in STRALIS’s Euro VI range. The range is enhanced by the powerful Cursor 9 with 400 HP – 1700 Nm, adding a competitive edge to fuel-transportation vehicles, as well as the Cursor 11 with 480 HP – 2250 Nm, which ensures a performance equal to that of a 13-litre engine but with the advantage of being lighter and consuming less.
They are engines with low fuel consumption and excellent performance, offering maximum torque at very low speeds (starting from 1,000 rev/min). Thanks to the reduced number of gear changes, this elasticity results in high efficiency and driving comfort. Exceptional vehicle operating range is guaranteed by fuel tanks with capacities of up to 1,400 litres. All powertrains are equipped with a decompression engine brake, which provides additional safety and helps to reduce the wear and maintenance costs of the braking system.
Furthermore, on all the Euro VI engines, there is an exhaust throttle valve that improves the performance of the new engine by up to 30% compared with current Euro V engines, called Super Engine Brake (SEB). The engine brake is integrated with the service braking system and with the auxiliary retarder intarder.
Hi-Performance: the High Efficiency SCR system
The vehicle is characterised by highly innovative new engine technology, the patented FPT Industrial system, Hi-eSCR, which meets Euro VI regulations without compromising fuel efficiency. Thanks to the extreme efficiency of the HI-eSCR, the new STRALIS is the only heavy-duty vehicle on the market that meets Euro VI limits without using EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation).
With this exclusive solution, Iveco is able to simplify the after-treatment of gases and use the existing cab's "body in white", being that thanks to the HI-eSCR the engine does not require an increase in the capacity of heat exchange, and thus, does not need a greater radiant surface. Furthermore, the HI-eSCR system offers Iveco customers numerous other advantages such as weight reduction, lower fuel consumption and longevity due to less complex and more efficient technology.
Hi-Safety: safety is on board
The driver of a STRALIS can rely on an efficient and reliable braking system. The EBS now has the Brake Assistant function, for even more rapid and effective braking. The advanced safety systems are essential for protecting the driver, the vehicle and the load. The new STRALIS ensures safe driving for drivers and makes their work more relaxing and productive.
There are numerous safety systems available on the vehicle. Besides the already well-known EBS (Electronic Braking System), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) and Hill Holder, the Lane Departure Warning System is a system that warns the driver when the vehicle crosses the lines marking the traffic lane without the driver having turned on the turn indicators.
Moreover, the Driver Attention Support system constantly monitors the driver's level of attention by processing the movements of the steering wheel. The Xenon headlights increase the field of vision being lighted and improve the quality of lighting while the Daytime Running Lights guarantee maximum visibility of the vehicle.
Hi-Reliability: quality, high component reliability, low maintenance costs
The new STRALIS was developed by placing the highest possible emphasis on quality aspects. Quality controls during the manufacturing process were increased by 40% compared with the previous version of the vehicle. The new functions, the materials used, and the development processes have been subjected to the strictest quality controls, which extended to the creation of experimental fleets on which numerous reliability tests were undertaken. These included 6 million km of driving under particularly severe conditions, in order to verify the vehicle’s endurance, and 11 million km of road-reliability testing under normal load and driving conditions, some of which was performed by customers.
STRALIS Hi-Way “Emotional”
Visitors will also find the STRALIS Hi-Way “Emotional” on display at Hanover, a vehicle that offers a vast range of options, which integrate standard content with specific orderable content in customised packages according to the customer's needs. The STRALIS “Emotional" is fitted out with all of the new Iveco Parts&Services accessories designed to satisfy the driver's main necessities - both while driving and when stopped - and also to guarantee the driver's performance and safety as well as that of the load under any conditions.
Among the vehicle's main accessories are: the new Lavazza coffee machine for making espresso, a technologically advanced system that brings together high-quality sound and video, and a LED lighting system that creates an environment that favours both driving and relaxation.
In addition, Iveco's attention to sustainability issues is clearly shown by the option of having a photovoltaic panel installed on the roof hatch of the STRALIS “Emotional”, which allows batteries to be recharged even when the vehicle is stationary.
From an innovative perspective, with STRALIS Emotional Iveco focuses on the future, suggesting two innovative concepts, a possible evolution of the current range of optional available: the Vehicle Control Center and the Full-LED Headlamps and Rear lamps Truck-lite.
The Vehicle Control Center presents a new concept of user interface, based on a table app-based platform, whose design is especially tailored to enhance the system operability, making it both safer and easier to use while driving and in every other moment. The interface has been customised to give the idea of the Iveco family feeling and of a real integration of the object with the cabin space and the vehicle ambience.
The technology allows the access to a complete world of standard functionalities, ranging from streaming radio at user choice, web browser, media player, socially interactive platforms: all of this will become part of the cabin experience, and when useful to the mission, will be used as facilitators of the driving task.
But in the interface presented there is much more: several customised apps especially designed for Iveco customers. This lean, innovative and smart interface will soon allow the user and the vehicle to communicate in the most efficient and intuitive way. Among these: demo interfaces for climate control; an simple tool for entering vehicle settings and memorize them linked to the user profile; a fleet management facility; an interactive version of the user’s manual, that can be easily consulted; and a user-friendly way to display the diagnostics of the main components of the vehicle.
During the driving phase, the functionalities displayed in the interface will relate only to the vehicle’s management, while during the vehicle stops all functionalities, including those related to web navigation, entertainment and socially interactive experience will be enabled.
The LED (Light Emitting Diode) products which may be used for the truck headlamps (parking light, low beam, high beam, Daytime Running Light) and rear lamps (stop light, parking light, fog light, reversing light, direction indicators) represent an innovative Iveco’s proposal as a possible technological solution for the future. The advantages characterizing the use of this solution are: firstly long life, the a low current-draw lighting, compared to traditional incandescent lights (usually minus 80%) and an highest visibility throughput the overall nighttime use (+10% in longer field of vision, versus xenon lights).
STRALIS LNG Natural Power: alternative tractions for the transport business
With an ever keener eye for how to make its products environmentally friendly, Iveco dedicates a broad area to heavy-duty LNG-powered vehicles. Indeed, the stand includes a Stralis LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), on display for the vast international public in Hanover.
In LNG vehicles the natural liquefied gas is stored as a liquid at -125ºC in cryogenic tanks, and then fed to the engine as natural gas after being heated in a heat exchanger. As for the reduction of emissions, compared with CNG vehicles, the LNG system also results in a reduction in unladen weight and greater range.
Furthermore, the use of natural gas-powered vehicles, whether CNG or LNG, represents a considerable economic asset for customers. In fact for regional distribution missions it has been estimated that savings of up to 10,000 Euros are possible compared with a traditional Diesel-powered vehicle, over a distance of approximately 40,000 km per year. On refuse collection and recycling missions it is estimated that the saving can be up to 20,000 Euros per year.
The market opportunities for these vehicles are particularly strong in food and beverage delivery, among logistics operators and firms engaged in night-time delivery, where the reduction of noise levels is guaranteed by spark-ignition engines. On average the noise reduction for gas fuelled Stralis vehicles is between 3 and 6 decibels compared to a vehicle with the same power rating running on diesel fuel.
The vehicle shown in Hanover is a 4x2 tractor unit built to transport 40 tons of GCW, with a Cursor 8 natural gas engine and 330 HP, manual gearbox, intarder and EBS as standard. This version is ideal for regional and national missions, such as fuel transportation.