The ability to build a vehicle in Australia, for Australian conditions, has helped Iveco win a supply contract with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
The truck company is supplying four vehicles that will be used to haul key equipment, such as bulldozers, to bushfire hotspots.
Being built at the Iveco plant in Melbourne, the vehicles are based on the popular Iveco Powerstar and Stralis models and all are powered by 500hp Cursor 13 engines mated to a Eurotronic 16-speed automated manual transmission (AMT).
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, has visited the Iveco production facility to inspect the vehicles.
“We’re putting people first by ensuring that these world-class vehicles are built right here in Victoria,” the Minister said.
While DELWP Manager – Mobile Plant & Equipment, Nigel Robertson, says the Iveco products were chosen after an exhaustive evaluation process.
“At the top of our list was engine braking capability, it’s a very important factor for our drivers especially when fully loaded and operating in steep and difficult conditions,” Mr Robertson said.
“Strong horsepower was also up there – we don’t speed but in an emergency we need to get there as fast and safely as possible, we can’t have the driver struggling up hills and getting worked-up before even reaching the fire site.”
Want to find out more about Iveco’s Australian production facility? Check out our interview with Head of Corporate and External Affairs for CNH Industrial & Iveco Trucks Australia, Ron Grasso…