The Sustainable Truck of the year will be back in Autumn with the announcement of the 2022 awards. Waiting for the next edition, let’s take a step back and retrace the winners of the 2021 edition, held digitally for the first time due to the pandemic. Stay tuned, we’ll provide constant updates about the next nominees for the awards.
As you may know (for all the info and history of the award, please read this post), the Sustainable Truck of the year consists of three different categories, Tractor, Distribution and Van. Last year, the IVECO S-Way Np (pictured above) won the Tractor category as it set new benchmarks in terms of performance and efficiency, for alternative fuel long-distance vehicles. The IVECO S-Way was awarded because not only it was the only gas powered vehicle with a range of 1,600 kilometers, but it has also become the new reference in terms of consumption: 4.12 kilometers with a kilo of gas.
The IVECO truck also combines high quality standards together with a significant increase of comfort levels for the driver and safety for other road users. With the new cab, a wide environment (2,150 mm height and a tunnel reduced to just 95 mm) has been created, even less noisy inside and outside (complies with Piek standards).
Sustainable Truck of the year 2021: Renault for Distribution
RENAULT Trucks D Wide 320 won the Distribution category, making its versatility the winning tool for sustainable distribution.
In its most powerful version, the 7,7-liter 6-cylinder together with the Optidrive transmission and the efficient Fuel Eco electronic management that includes also Optiroll, guarantees low consumption, therefore low pollution, and represents one of the best solution for both regional transport and the constant request to increase profitability.
With the most recent model update, Renault Trucks has then raised the bar even higher when it comes to ‘driver care’. All the traditional ergonomics and functionality, the latest version of the D Wide cab adds many ideas, such as the roof electric glass roof and the horizontal sliding passenger window, to make the driver’s job easier, reducing stress levels and increasing safety.
Ford mild-hybrid won in the Van category
Finally, the Sustainable Truck of the year in the Van category went last year to FORD Transit mHEV (mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle), as it was the only hybrid van of its category on the market. Ford indeed lighted a spot on the last mile sustainability. The 2-liter Ecoblue (available in 170 and 130 hp) together with the kinetic recovery system that takes the energy from braking by stocking it into a 48 V battery, therefore with a greater capacity than the standard 12 V, to then reuse it to support start-up phases, acceleration, and for the electrical on board components. Transit mHEV reduces fuel consumption of 3% (average) with peaks up to 8% in the prevalent use in city driving, not least cutting CO2 emissions up to 10 percent.