July 22, 2020. The Iveco Tector, in its 160E21 configuration, obtained the necessary permits to leave the factory with the compressed natural gas (CNG) system in Argentina. Undoubtedly, it is a milestone in the history of the company since it became the first brand to homologate a CNG truck for domestic production.
“With a history of more than 20 years developing and marketing vehicles powered by cleaner energy in Europe, we are proud to be able to apply that experience and technology in Argentina, a country with a great present and future in terms of energy development,” said Márcio Querichelli, Iveco’s top leader in South America.
The new configuration will offer equivalent performance to diesel powered trucks, lower noise emissions, and will also have a cost reduction of up to two thirds in relation to fossil fuels.
“The CNG Tector could be seen in the last edition of Expoagro, and it will be one of the production innovations at our Industrial Pole in Ferreyra in the province of Córdoba, which will resume activities in August. This new addition will accompany our entire line made in Argentina, ranging from medium vehicles to extra heavy trucks,” said Francisco Spasaro, Commercial Director of Iveco Argentina.
The CNG Tector will be the first vehicle to form the Natural Power line to be produced in the country. This truck expands this range and has a rigid version and 4×2 configuration with the 160E21 designation and is powered by the NEF 6 engine, OTTO cycle of the FPT Industrial brand with 210 hp and 750 Nm of torque.
The vehicle has six CNG tanks, each with a capacity of 80 liters, allowing an approximate autonomy of 300 kilometers. In addition, it has a front parabolic suspension, a gearbox with six gears in the front and a driver’s seat with air suspension. It also offers a modern and ergonomic interior with a wire shift command built into the dash.