i-FAST Automotive Logistics, part of FCA group, is the first company to have used the Stralis NP powered by LNG in the vehicle transportation sector. After more than 600,000 km in service, the ten Stralis NP fleet of i-FAST Automotive Logistics reached a reduction of 15% in fuel consumption compared to diesel. Thanks to this positive result i-FAST AL will add five extra LNG units to its fleet from December 2017.
An IVECO Stralis NP running on LNG was displayed at the ECG Conference 2017 organised by the Association of European Vehicle Logistics, with a ROLFO EGO E3 car transporter body. Designed for pan-European missions, the configuration is equipped for the transportation of finished vehicles. The partnership between IVECO and ROLFO will allow, from December 2017, all European car transporter fleets interested in sustainable logistics to test the solution.
i-FAST Automotive Logistics spoke about the first year experience with Stralis NP vehicles. Marco Simone Zanna, General Manager of i-FAST Automotive Logistics commented: “A year on from signing the agreement with IVECO, our ten Stralis NP powered by LNG have covered more than 600,000 km and achieved a 15% reduction in fuel consumption versus diesel, significant fuel cost saving and considerable advantages for the environment. The clean fuel used on these vehicles indeed, reduces versus Euro VI limits, particulate matter by 99%, NOx by 60% and CO2 emissions by up to 95% with the use of bio LNG (RNG). Furthermore the Stralis NP drastically reduces noise pollution during access to urban centers. These outstanding results support our commitment to sustainable transport.”
The vehicles were used for transporting cars and commercial vehicles, ensuring good performance in terms of loading factor and flexibility. They offer a range of up to 1,500 km, and an average speed aligned with their diesel counterparts across all types of route. Plus, thanks to the rapid development of the LNG refueling network across Europe, the ten Stralis NP vehicles are regularly being used for deliveries across Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
In light of these excellent results, i-FAST Automotive Logistics decided to increase the number of Stralis NP by five additional units, bringing its Green Fleet 100% Natural Power to fifteen.
ECG Conference Discussion
The 2017 ECG Conference “Digital revolutions in political turmoil” provided the occasion to discuss some of the main drivers of change in the transport industry, from digitalisation to emissions reduction. In his speech, Clément Chandon, IVECO Head of Gas Business Development in Europe, Middle East and Africa highlighted the key role of natural gas in the energy transition which is characterising the transport sector. He said: “With the acceleration of decarbonisation, being sustainable is fast becoming an important competitive advantage for transport businesses and IVECO, with more than 20 years’ experience in the development of natural gas technology, is the natural partner for all companies dedicated to achieving the goal of more sustainable logistics. To help them, we are introducing, in partnership with ROLFO, the first test truck in Europe.
“We have now a broad experience in LNG-truck-base automotive logistics. Indeed, we started this transition in 2015 looking at all inbound, outbound and spare parts logistics flows within the CNH Industrial group. To date more than 150 Stralis LNG trucks are used daily for our logistical needs, and more than 300 have already been ordered by our logistics providers and we target to reach 650 orders by the end of 2018. At that scope a dedicated event for automotive-specialised logistics companies, organised by IVECO with the participation of CNH Industrial and FCA, will take place in Ulm on November 6. The invited fleets will have the opportunity to test our Natural Power range and to learn more about CNH Industrial and FCA’s sustainable logistics commitments,” he added.
IVECO is today the only manufacturer to offer a full range of natural gas models from light commercial vehicles to heavy-duty long-distance trucks, as well as buses. With more than 22,000 units sold, the brand is the absolute market and technology leader in natural gas commercial vehicles.