Iveco shows its thoughts on future van design

Italian design for high fashion literally starts at A for Armani and ends at Z for Zegna. When it comes to automotive design the list starts at B for Bertone and once again ends in Z, this time for Zagato.

High fashion clothing and beautifully crafted sports cars are just two examples of how Italian designers apply their skills to create amazing results. The names of Frua, Gandini, Ghia, Pinifarina and Touring are embedded in automotive history, but what may not be so well known is the influence of Giorgetto Giugiaro and Italdesign, and their involvement in the evolution of the IVECO Daily.

While Giugiaro has guided the development of the Daily in recent years, IVECO showed the world’s press attending the IAA Hanover Show that it has every intention of continuing to be a leader when it comes to style and innovation.

The IVECO Vision concept vehicle shows how van design may move forwards when designers and engineers are given freedom to express new ideas and become more adventurous with their thoughts.

The concept emerged in the wake of IVECO’s Dual Energy technology, the chassis unveiled at the 2012 edition of the Hanover trade show, bringing together potential technologies for use in the light commercial vehicle of the future.

The innovation on display with the IVECO Vision starts with the Dual Energy system, a technology which allows for the use of two different types of traction – one is exclusively electric, ensuring zero local emissions and low noise levels, and the other is hybrid (thermoelectric) and suitable for longer journeys and for extra-urban missions, reducing consumption and CO2 emissions by upIveco-Vans_P1 to 25 percent.

For the technically minded, the Vision features a specific power transfer unit that couples the electric motor with the drive shafts to create a hybrid drive that is also an adaptive traction system with real-time energy management. The drive system assesses the work function required at any specific time and adapts the power source to suit the work task. The hybrid mode improves commercial speed and autonomy range on intercity routes, while the electric mode allows unrestricted, no-emission mobility in metropolitan areas.

The Vision project focused on the interaction of three elements that brought together the driver and vehicle interface, and the visibility from the vehicle, and matched them with a new fully automatic system for load management.

Communication between the driver and the vehicle is achieved through using a high-integration tablet, which communicates with the on-board electronics. Ample glazed surfaces and the “see-through” front pillars guarantee unrestricted outside visibility from the cabin – while rear camera sight is displayed on a panoramic screen on top of the windshield.

The load management system is based on a series of sensors that identify the goods and then indicate the correct positioning of these within the vehicle interior, triggering containment devices that prevent the movement of larger packages. As well as protecting valuable goods from damage, improved space management also makes loading and unloading faster.

Although Vision is currently a concept vehicle, the development of the concept has brought together a highly talented group of partners that will continue working on the project into the future. These partners include companies that   worked with IVECO on the construction of the Dual Energy chassis (Bosch, Dainese, Brembo, Streparava, Arcelor Mittal, CRF, Denso, FPT, Sole, Trucklite, Xperion and ZF), plus Comftech, Essence and ST Microelectronics.

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