Completing the line-up of power options in the new range is EcoDaily Electric, a highly innovative vehicle with pure electric traction using advanced NaNiCl2 battery technology.
EcoDaily Electric is available to order in the UK from launch and uses an asynchronous three-phase traction motor controlled through a DC/AC inverter to provide effortless driving and range-extending regenerative braking. The power output is 30kW continuous (60kW peak) for 3.5 tonne models and 40kW continuous (80kW peak) for 5.0 tonne models.
All drive components and batteries are housed either in the engine compartment or within the chassis side rails, ensuring there is no compromise in load space. This is made possible as EcoDaily Electric is designed, manufactured and sold by Iveco – which also brings further advantages regarding both planned and unplanned servicing, as there is one supplier, one invoice and one warranty to manage – in comparison with some of the other electric vehicle options on the market. Indeed, the EcoDaily Electric has been built to be supported directly by Iveco’s extensive worldwide dealer network.
Each vehicle features a dashboard display which provides the driver with relevant information such as the battery’s charge level, system voltage, temperature, traction current and diagnostic information in the event of a malfunction. Power is provided by Zebra Z5 traction batteries using the proven NaNiCl2 technology which are fully sealed and do not produce gaseous emissions or require maintenance. The batteries are also fully recyclable. On-board battery charging is provided by means of a standard three-phase 380V/32A supply and requires eight hours to fully charge the traction batteries.
Real-life trials have proven the vehicle to have an effective range of between 90 and 130 km, depending on the number of batteries specified and the vehicle’s application. Furthermore, EcoDaily Electric can be driven just like a conventional vehicle fitted with an automatic transmission, using a gear lever to select forward, neutral or reverse. Each vehicle has a maximum road speed electronically limited to 70 km/h, although this can be set to a lower level to further improve the vehicle’s range.
EcoDaily Electric is ideally suited for urban missions such as door-to-door collection and deliveries and for passenger transportation. 3.5 tonne models have two batteries with a third optionally available on long wheelbase models, whilst 5.0 tonne variants have three batteries with a fourth optionally available on longer wheelbase models.