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The winners of Sustainable Truck of the Year 2019

The third edition of Sustainable Truck of the Year was delivered in Rimini during Ecomondo exhibition

The winners: Iveco Stralis NP 460, Scania L 340 CNG, Mercedes Sprinter


Diesel drives survive, as long as they are part of a innovative project with focus on connectivity. On long distance operations, the direction is clear: the future is LNG. If one year ago gas drives had monopolized the trio of vehicles that won the last edition Sustainable Truck of the Year, this year the main novelty is called Mercedes Sprinter, diesel fuelled, which has been elected as the most sustainable vehicle in Van category. The sceptres of sustainability in Distribution and Tractor fields were indeed delivered respectively to Scania L 340 CNG for the emphasis on innovation and Iveco Stralis NP 460 by virtue of the bet (won) on LNG.

The award Sustainable Truck of the Year, now at the 3rd edition, is promoted by Italian specialized magazine Vado e Torno and, from next year, it will involve journalists from European specialized magazines that will form an international jury.

The Sustainable Truck of the Year is delivered to ready-to-go technologies that represent clean transportation’s state of the art. The 2019 edition of the award has been handed to the winners during Ecomondo exhibition in Rimini (Italy). Ecomondo is a fair dedicated to circular economy and renewable energies.

Sustainable Truck of the Year 2019 TRACTOR: Iveco Stralis NP 460

It prides itself to be the first road tractor equipped with a liquid natural gas (LNG) engine and able to offer competitive performances over long distance journeys for any kind of transport. The Stralis NP 460 is also the only LNG truck with a range of 1,500 kilometres and more. It represents a big step forward, compared to the Stralis 400 NP. The Cursor 13 engine (Otto cycle) features technological upgrades derived from Ferrari Formula 1 engines: it reduces particulate by 99 per cent, NOx by 60 per cent and, using biogas, CO2 by 95 per cent. Hi-Tronix transmission is not only faster and quieter (6 decibels less), but also able to support a first-class electronic safety equipement that includes predictive Hi-Cruise, Ecoroll, Hill Holder. More than 3,000 Stralis NP have been sold in Europe until now.

Sustainable Truck of the Year 2019 DISTRIBUTION: Scania L 340 CNG

Equipped with wide access, an internal height of 1.8 metre, comfortable internal passage, City Safe window that covers the right blind spot and a kneeling function that further lowers it by 10 centimetres to facilitate boarding, the L-series not only offers a ‘city’ cabin, but provides a range of technologies that makes it truly sustainable with regards to safety issues. Great visibility at human height, Advanced Emergency Brake with radars and cameras working together, Driver Attention Support and a system of frontal airbags added to the side ones (Scania exclusive) represent just the ice on the cake. Engine and gearbox offer the state of the art in terms of both gas drive and gear control.

Sustainable Truck of the Year 2019 VAN: Mercedes Sprinter

It’s not easy to improve efficiency, performance and quality levels of a best seller van such as the Sprinter. A vehicle sold in more than 3.5 million units since its launch. Well, while confirming the original architecture and layout, the third generation of Mercedes’ van introduces incredibly innovative elements. First of all, providing also the front-wheel drive, the manufacturer enriches the range with regards to light transportation. Above all, Sprinter traces a new path thanks to the focus on connectivity. For the first time, a modern hardware is integrated into the architecture of the vehicle itself.

Source: Vte Public Relations