The engine used by the Ducato 140 was developed by FIAT Powertrain Technologies, which targeted a natural gas engineering solution by adopting numerous specific components to ensure performance on a par with that of a diesel engine.
As a result, the 3l engine develops 136 horsepower and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. The van can reach a a top speed of 155 km/h, with naught to 100 acceleration in 13.9 seconds. The new vehicle boasts reduced fuel consumption of 8.8 kg of natural gas per 100 km in the combined cycle CO2 emissions of 239 g/km. In addition, the car can negotiate a 21.5 percent gradient when fully loaded.
The vehicle is configured by default to run on natural gas, but the petrol supply is provided automatically via an electronic control system when the natural gas is about to run out. The petrol tank holds 15 liters in recovery mode to assure 100 km driving distance to reach the nearest natural gas station.
The gas tanks are installed under the flooring, leaving the entire storage area free. The fuel system comprises of five tanks for an overall capacity of 220 liters, which gives the Ducato a 400 km range.
The new Ducato is expected to help Fiat further increase its market share over the following months. Last year, the company sold 5,900 natural gas fueled commercial vehicles in Europe, a share of 57.6 percent, with over 5,000 of them sold in Italy.