The first battery-electric heavy-duty truck jointly developed by IVECO and FPT Industrial in partnership with Nikola Motor Company is undertaking testing in the U.S. The Nikola TRE prototype, the first step toward a fuel-cell electric production model, will be built at the IVECO factory in Ulm, Germany, a center of heavy-duty truck engineering excellence that aims to become a hub for fuel-cell mobility. The first models to enter production will be the battery electric 4x2 and 6x2 articulated trucks, with modular and scalable batteries with a capacity of up to 720 kWh. They will also feature an electric powertrain that delivers up to 480 kW of continuous power output.
The vehicle is based on the IVECO S-WAY heavy truck and integrates Nikola’s advanced technology and infotainment systems. The Ulm facility receives module supplies from IVECO´s manufacturing locations in Valladolid and Madrid, Spain, which enable a rapid ramp-up to meet expected customer demand. The battery-electric version will be introduced to the market in 2021, while the fuel-cell electric versions, built on the same platform, will be tested under the EU-funded H2Haul project for an expected market launch in 2023.
Reuse, recycle, replay…
The Ricrea (Recreate) project first launched in Lecce, Italy, in 2019 continued in 2020 with the creation of Il Giardino di Lorenzo (Lorenzo’s Garden) in Bologna, Italy. A park in the province was redeveloped with new furniture and equipment made from discarded wood packaging from the New Holland Agriculture plant in Modena. The revamped area will benefit the local community, including the non-profit AGEOP Association, which supports children undergoing cancer treatment. The project is designed to promote urban redevelopment and inclusion, as well as reduce environmental footprint through the recycling and reuse of wood.
Digital agriculture evolution
CNH Industrial is one of the founders and leaders of ConectarAGRO, a nonprofit association in Brazil that aims to bring easily accessible internet to remote regions across the country. Increasing connectivity is expected to fuel a significant improvement in rural agricultural productivity in a nation that is already a world-leading producer of grain and responsible for approximately 40 percent of the global production of sugar cane. In 2019, ConectarAGRO expanded connectivity to more than 5.1 million hectares of rural areas via 4G LTE 700 MHz broadband, covering 575,000 individuals and 218 towns. The ambition is to expand this to 13 million hectares during 2021.
Factory of the future
At the FPT Industrial Driveline plant in Turin, Italy, robots are partnering with humans to improve production processes and make them more efficient. AURA (Advanced Use Robotic Arm), a robot designed and built by Comau, worldwide leader in delivering advanced industrial automation products and systems, is used in the HuManS (Human-centered Manufacturing System) project to help assemble spindles for heavy equipment axles. Almost three meters high, and weighing about three tonnes, AURA is a collaborative industrial robot designed to work alongside humans, sharing space with them safely. It performs the heavy work of retrieving parts, then is guided by a human in the more delicate assembly stages.
Fighting wildfire damage
CNH Industrial employees are committed to making a difference in their local communities, often with a focus on the environment. In response to the devastation caused by the October 2020 wildfires in Córdoba, Argentina, 50 local employees came together to make a reforestation plan to help the environment recover from the extensive damage. Together with the environmental advisory company Ambiente Argentino, they supported the planting of 500 native trees in the mountains.
The Fargo plant in the U.S. repurposed part of its property, which was formerly used to store parts, to create a pollinator plot, planting a mix of flowers that provide nectar and/or pollen for bees and butterflies. Thanks to this and other initiatives, such as tree planting, the facility was certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat – a space capable of supporting healthy and diverse animal habitats and ecosystems.
These measures led to an approximate 1,720-tonne reduction in packaging-related waste
Reducing packaging waste
Plants worldwide, including Fargo, Saskatoon, and Wichita in North America, Annonay, Foggia, and Zedelgem in Europe, and Córdoba, Curitiba, and Sete Lagoas in South America, have been taking measures to reduce – and particularly reuse – packaging waste. The main improvements included replacing wooden and/or cardboard shipping pallets and disposable packaging with reusable materials, reusing wood waste from packaging to make planters and supports for parts and vehicle shipment, and adopting reusable metal containers. Overall, these measures led to an approximate 1,720-tonne reduction in packaging-related waste and more than $200,000 in savings.
Children’s COVID-19 creativity
Educating and engaging younger people is an important Company value that took on greater urgency during the pandemic. Bearing this in mind, employees at Vysoké Mýto, in the Czech Republic, developed an innovative, educational and fun competition for children of workers to help engage them creatively. The competition, called “In the lead role IVECO Bus,” involved 60 children, who were asked to use art supplies to create a bus of the brand. Ultimately, 25 winners were chosen, each receiving a scooter – a fun reward for participating that also helped them exercise and stay active during the pandemic.
CNH Industrial is a global leader in the capital goods sector that, through its various businesses, designs, produces and sells agricultural and construction equipment, trucks, commercial vehicles, buses and specialty vehicles, in addition to a broad portfolio of powertrain applications.
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