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IAA Transportation Conference throws the spotlight on decarbonising the heavy-duty sector.

By September 28, 2022 No Comments

The IAA Conference 2022 provides momentum & a narrative for all aspects of sustainable, social, technical, economic & political aspects of global transport.

International leaders from all relevant industries discussed the challenges the entire transportation sector faces in the ongoing race for zero emissions & carbon neutrality.

Over four consecutive days, IAA Transportation covered all aspects of the drive to zero emissions & carbon neutrality through:  Logistics, Trade & Logistics, infrastructure & Municipal Transportation.

The choices facing logistics & transportation companies when choosing the right low or no CO2 transportation solutions are now becoming more varied. The RAC estimates that there are around 456,000 zero-emission Battery Electric Vehicles on the UK’s roads – with in the region of 77,000 registered in 2022 alone – along with over 348,000 plug-in hybrids. (1)

However, it is the heavy-duty  & off-highway sectors which still face the more challenging pathway to zero emissions & CO2 reductions.

With an ever-increasing need for logistics companies to seek out low or no CO2 transportation options, the survey published by Volvo at the IAA Transportation Conference, allowed some light to be thrown on the subject.

The Volvo research carried out with Ipsos involved 100 large e-commerce & manufacturing companies in eight European countries about their demand for fossil fuel free transport in future procurements. The results were enlightening:

▶️ 78% of companies are willing to pay more for transport with low or no CO2

▶️ 85% are prepared to change transport suppliers if they don’t meet their requirements

▶️ 60% believe they risk losing customers within just three years if they can’t meet the demands for deliveries with no or low CO2 (2)

One of the future fuel solutions becoming more commonly adopted by the heavy-duty & off-highway sector is the use of hydrogen ICE engines & hydrogen fuel cell technologies.

With the adaptability of existing supply chains & manufacturing able to support the transition from diesel to hydrogen; hydrogen in these sectors has a particular appeal.

Three companies showcasing the flexibility of engine adaptability to hydrogen & other future fuels such as natural gas & biomethane were Cummins. Inc, Iveco Group & FPT Industrial.


Cummins revealed its medium-duty concept truck powered by the B6.7H hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2-ICE) at IAA Transportation in Hanover.

The H2-ICE conversion highlights the opportunity for truck applications across the 10-to-26 ton gross vehicle weight (GVW) range to operate on zero-carbon hydrogen fuel with a potential operating range of up to 500-kilometres. (3)

“The H2-ICE concept truck on show at IAA puts Cummins at the forefront of this rapidly emerging internal combustion engine technology using zero-carbon hydrogen fuel,” said Alison Trueblood, Cummins Executive Director – On-highway Business Europe.

The proof-of-concept installation is rated 290 hp (216 kW) &  features a 700-bar pressure high-capacity hydrogen storage system. (3)

The seamless substitution of the diesel engine with the 6.7-litre hydrogen engine & integration with the existing driveline highlights the ability of H2-ICE to offer a zero-carbon solution for fleets based on a lower cost & a more easily deployable technology path. (3)



FPT’s new XC13 represents the flexibility of the Cursor X concept – the multi-energy, modular, multi-application engine.

From diesel to natural gas – including biomethane – hydrogen, & renewable fuels, the base engine has been designed with multiple versions to offer maximum component standardization & easy integration into the final product. (4)

A major step in the ICE decarbonization path, the XC13 guarantees lower emissions, together with world-beating performance. (4)

The diesel version delivers best-in-class performance up to 600 hp & 2,850 Nm, resulting in +5% power & 14% torque compared to the current Cursor 13 model. (4)

The methane version delivers up to 520 hp & 2,500 Nm resulting in +13% power & +25% torque compared to the current Cursor 13 Natural Gas. (4)

CO2 emissions reductions stand at 9% for the diesel unit & 10% for the methane model, but the latter can achieve net-zero CO2 emissions when fuelled by biomethane. (4)

The natural gas version offers diesel-like performance. Designed for the future, & for future emissions challenges, the XC13 will be ready for Euro VII with simple upgrades. (4)


Iveco chose IAA Transportation as the backdrop for the commercial launch of two key products on its roadmap to sustainability – the ground breaking new eDAILY & the European 4×2 Artic version of the Nikola Tre BEV (battery-electric vehicle) – & the unveiling of its first beta version fuel cell LCV and heavy truck: the eDAILY FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle) & the European 6×2 Artic version of the Nikola Tre FCEV.  (5)

“We at IVECO want to drive the road of change. We have strengthened our commitment to move society forward by partnering with our customers and powering the transformation of our industry. To do so, we have refocused our strategy, expanded our skills and reinvented our product and service approach.

We have the ambition to be the most reliable partner and full-line player for our customers. We want to provide them with trustworthy, sustainable and intelligent transport solutions so they can run their business efficiently and profitably while respecting our environment.

To drive the road of change, we committed to a precise roadmap to sustainability, which will see IVECO move towards net zero carbon by 2040 through an all-range multi-energy approach. And today, with the eDAILY we take another step towards our goal by further broadening the perspective of zero-emission transport”. Luca Sra, President, Truck Business Unit, Iveco Group (5)

Platforms such as IAA Transportation are paramount for showcasing & highlighting the very latest technologies in the transportation sectors road to zero emissions & carbon neutrality.

Written & cited by Katy-jane Mason for & on behalf of Dolphin N2.