Eurocargo targets safety

IVECO’s Euro6 Eurocargo caters to an increased priority towards safety and environmental performance.

SUEZ’s ongoing trials of an IVECO Eurocargo-based compactor have proved the refuse vehicle’s capabilities in servicing higher density residential developments, including gated communities and townhouse developments.

The 2018 SUEZ trial was primarily focused on testing a waste collection vehicle that was developed to handle infrastructure with lower gross vehicle mass limits and dimensional constraints. But despite this important feature, there are other significant priorities for IVECO in the refuse manufacturing space. Marco Quaranta, IVECO ANZ Product Manager, says the company’s Eurocargo caters to an increasing industry direction towards environmental and safety performance.

The new Eurocargo was awarded International Truck of the Year 2016 and is available in a number of 4×2 model variants with gross vehicle mass ratings ranging from 12 to 18 tonnes. A 15-tonne GVM 4×4 model is also available.

Marco says safety is becoming an important consideration for commercial vehicle customers. “Notable safety advancements in recent years across light commercial vehicles is leading buyers to question why many of these features have not been available in the medium duty market,” Marco says.

“These changing attitudes, combined with increasingly stringent occupational health and safety requirements, particularly among the larger fleets, were two of the catalysts for making the latest generation Eurocargo an extremely safe vehicle.

At the heart of the IVECO range is a six-cylinder, 6.7-litre Tector 7 engine, featuring high pressure, common rail, electronic injection, turbocharging and 24 valves. Available in two power ratings, the Tector 7 delivers 250 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 627 foot-pound (850 Newton metres) in ML120 models. The ML160 and ML180 models offer 280 horsepower (206 kilowatts) and 738 foot-pound (1000 Newton metres). All figures come at low revolutions per minute for improved response and added fuel efficiency.

To meet stringent Euro6 emissions standards, IVECO models use its innovative new HI-SCR system, a single after-treatment system featuring passive diesel particulate filter. The HI-SCR system aims to be simple, lightweight, efficient and Marco says it provides contrasting benefits to exhaust gas recirculation and selective catalytic reduction equivalents, including reduced fuel consumption and tare weight.

The system also uses fewer components for increased simplicity and does not require driver regeneration, providing reduced vehicle downtime. It also lowers the risk of the vehicle entering limp home mode, a set of parameters that react against vehicle damage to provide safety in the event of driver neglect.

Other benefits of the Tector 7 engine range are generous oil change intervals of up to 80,000 kilometres (application dependent), further reducing the total cost of ownership. The engine oils used are low viscosity, which reduces friction for improved efficiency.

Coupled with the efficient engines are a choice of a manual ZF nine-speed overdrive transmission with dash-mounted gear shift or the Allison S3000, five-speed full automatic, which provides a more relaxed drive experience, particularly in start and stop refuse collection applications.

Along with increased environmental performance, the new Eurocargo also caters to another area of growing importance for fleet operators and government agencies – occupational health and safety.

All new IVECO Eurocargo variants feature standard front and rear disc brakes with anti-lock braking systems, electronic stability programs, anti-slip regulator, hill holder and advanced emergency braking system.

Using a radar integrated into the front of the truck, the system measures the distance to the vehicle in front and calculates the time remaining to take action before a potential collision. An audible double warning is triggered before the brakes are applied.

In the event of a moving obstacle, the system intervenes automatically reducing speed to 32 kilometres per hour to avoid impact. If the obstacle is stationary, the system can moderate or possibly prevent the impact by further reducing speed to 10 kilometres per hour.

Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth also allow the driver to maintain both hands on the steering wheel for constant control. Other standard features include daytime running lamps for added visibility.

“The latest models offer an extensive list of safety equipment as standard, plus introduce optional additional features providing Australian buyers with the latest technologies from Europe, such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems,” Marco says.

“The safety equipment in the Eurocargo is comparable to what you would find in high end European passenger cars. As well as being a leader in efficient engine technologies, cabin ergonomic and low whole of life vehicle costing, IVECO is extremely proud of its safety offerings in the latest Eurocargo range.”

Operators can also select additional equipment including the innovative lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Using the AEBS radar, adaptive cruise control adjusts speed by maintaining a safe distance to the vehicle in front. The feature has a range of up to 120 metres and automatically intervenes in various stages, first by reducing torque, then by applying the engine brake and finally, the service brake.

Other new driver assistance technology includes a lane departure warning system that warns the driver if the vehicle is moving from its lane.

Thanks to a windscreen-mounted camera, the system can recognise the road markings and will sound an alarm if the vehicle changes lanes without the driver signaling.

Marco says that for operators not yet requiring a Euro6 vehicle, IVECO also offers a selection of Euro5 environmentally enhanced vehicle-rated Eurocargo models. The Euro5 package provides different safety options for operators whose application might not warrant the full contingency of advanced features.

“With both Euro6 and Euro5 models available, prospective customers have more choice than ever before if they want to reap the benefits of a high quality, European truck.”