IVECO BUS unveils the URBANWAY Hybrid CNG 18-m long, the ideal urban transport solution for sustainable mobility

IVECO BUS unveils the URBANWAY Hybrid CNG 18-m long, the ideal urban transport solution for sustainable mobility

IVECO BUS follows up on the launch earlier this year of its 12-m long URBANWAY Hybrid CNG city bus with the introduction of its new hybrid technology on the articulated version of the URBANWAY powered with Natural Gas – a further step forward in the evolution of its energy mix offer. With the addition of the new 18-m long URBANWAY Hybrid CNG compatible with biomethane, IVECO BUS extends its offering for urban transport to support transport operators in their energy transition.

This new articulated URBANWAY Hybrid delivers 16% fuel savings compared to the gas version and a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 16%, together with a significant improvement in Total Cost of Ownership.

Lyon, 13th October 2022

IVECO BUS is previewing the new articulated, biomethane compatible, URBANWAY Hybrid at the Autocar Expo fair in Lyon from 12 to 15 October. The new vehicle is also available in a Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT version) under the name CREALIS. This introduction is part of the manufacturer's strategy, as a leader in alternative tractions, to drive the energy transition with a mix of technologies, providing customers with a choice of solutions according to the requirements of their missions and operations. Deliveries of the new URBANWAY Hybrid in 18-metre versions will begin at the end of the year.

“At IVECO BUS, we believe that an energy mix is required to support the necessary energy transition. For this reason, we have chosen to combine natural gas with a high-performance and efficient hybrid technology on our URBANWAY and CREALIS articulated models. With this new addition, IVECO BUS further expands its urban offer for sustainable and economical mobility", explains Stéphane Espinasse, IVECO BUS Head of Sales and Products.

The new-generation hybrid technology, featuring an electric drivetrain developed in close collaboration with Voith, delivers a significant reduction in energy costs and CO2 emissions compared to previous generations, while optimising Total Cost of Ownership.

As with the 12-m long version, the hybrid solution featured in the articulated URBANWAY includes a 48 V battery coupled to the DIWA NXT gearbox and the proven Cursor 9 engine. The DIWA NXT gearbox is combined with a powerful 35 kW peak electrical recovery motor, which acts as a starter and generator to recover the kinetic energy accumulated during the

deceleration and braking phases, with a high-energy LTO battery (48 V) mounted on the roof. The electric motor supports the Cursor 9 engine during the acceleration phases, in order to save fuel.

The new solution also features a Stop & Start function, which offers multiple advantages to users and operators. It eliminates noise and vibrations, resulting in greater comfort for passengers, residents, and pedestrians at bus stops, and further improves fuel economy.

With these features, the new-generation URBANWAY Hybrid delivers 16% fuel savings compared to the non-hybrid version – an important advantage at a time when local authorities and operators are facing rising energy costs. In addition, this renewable fuel hybrid solution enables them to reduce their CO2 emissions by up to 16%. When combined with biomethane, the CO2 emission reduction raises up to 83%.

The simpler design of this new-generation hybrid solution, which has no costly high-voltage components, together with the savings in fuel costs, significantly reduces the Total Cost of Ownership compared to previous full-hybrid technologies.

A wide choice of solutions for urban transport

With this with new-generation hybrid technology for its URBANWAY and CREALIS ranges, IVECO BUS extends its offering for urban transport, which now offers a choice of:

- 12-metre standard and 18-meter articulated URBANWAY models equipped with a Cursor 9 engine in Diesel and XTL versions.

- 10.5-, 12-, and 18-meter URBANWAY with a Cursor 9 Natural Gas engine.

- 12- and 18-meter CREALIS in Diesel, XTL and Natural Gas versions.


IVECO BUS is a brand of Iveco Group N.V., a global leader in commercial and specialty vehicles, powertrain, and financial services, listed on the Borsa Italiana in Milan.

A major player in the field of public transport, and among the leading bus and coach manufacturers in Europe, IVECO BUS designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of vehicles that meets all the needs of public and private operators:

- school, intercity and tourism coaches;

- standard and articulated city buses, including BRT dedicated versions; city midibuses

- minibuses for all passenger transport missions.

IVECO BUS benefits from a strong expertise in alternative energies vehicles and is now capable of offering a complete range running on compressed natural gas – fully compatible with biomethane – and in the electromobility field, to suit every kind of transport need. Thus, IVECO BUS positions itself as a reference partner to face the numerous challenges of sustainable mobility.

IVECO BUS employs over 6,000 people across four production units, in Annonay, France, Vysoké Myto, Czech Republic, Brescia, Italy and in Rorthais, France with its electromobility center of excellence.

The extensive IVECO BUS and IVECO service network guarantees assistance around the world wherever an Iveco Bus vehicle is at work.

For further information about IVECO BUS: www.ivecobus.com For further information about Iveco Group: www.ivecogroup.com

For further information, please contact:

Isabelle FILLONNEAU Mobile + 33 6 87 71 36 24