Israeli-Italian MOU Delivers First NGV to Israel

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IVECO LNG Stralis Hi-WayFridenson Group, one of Israel’s leading logistics companies with an existing fleet of over 140 trucks and trailers, is the first enterprise in the country to purchase a commercial natural gas vehicle, in this instance a Compressed Natural gas (CNG) powered Stralis 4×2 heavy truck from CNH Industrial’s commercial vehicles brand Iveco. The sale stems from a partnership between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), CNH Industrial and Israel’s Fuel Choices Initiative (IFCI).This order falls under the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which foresees a partnership between several Italian companies, including FCA and Iveco, and IFCI, for co-operation in the development of natural gas based technologies for transportation.

IFCI is a ten-year Israeli Government program, managed through the Prime Minister’s Office, which is dedicated to reducing the World’s dependency on oil for transport and supporting the development of alternative fuels.

The Stralis 4×2 heavy truck is powered by an Iveco Cursor 8 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Euro VI engine. Fridenson Group plans to use the CNG truck in a pilot program that demonstrates its commitment to ensuring a cleaner environment. As expressed by the Group, this first step will lead to the replacement of a significant number of diesel engine trucks in favour of CNG-powered models.

The advantages of CNG are numerous, both in terms of environmental sustainability as well as customer profitability. With regards to emissions, natural gas is an absolutely clean fuel thanks to its particulate emissions (-95% in comparison to diesel) and 35% less NOx. Furthermore, CNG makes it possible to reduce vehicle CO2 emissions from 10% up to 100% if biomethane is used. In terms of cost efficiency, overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) savings stand at up to 10%. Lower prices for natural gas in comparison to diesel also equate to higher profitability, which translates into up to 40% in fuel expense reductions, the most important aspect relating to TCO.

“As an innovative company, we are always on the lookout for environmentally friendly technologies. We are looking forward to cooperating with Iveco regarding CNG vehicles, and believe that the savings demonstrated in this pilot (program) will spur a shift towards CNG,” said David Fridenson, owner and CEO of Fridenson Group.

“As part of the MOU that has been signed between FCA, CNH Industrial and the Israeli government, we are proud to play a leading part in implementing CNG vehicles in Israeli transportation. We would like to further emphasise our commitment to promote this technology, which is both greener as well as cost-effective, and are confident that this is the first truck among many,” said Ori Lahav, CEO of MCA (the exclusive importer of Iveco as well as several brands belonging to FCA for Israel).

Further to this development, MCA will also be importing a 12-metre CNG urban bus from CNH Industrial brand Iveco Bus. A series of demonstrations of the bus’s capabilities will be carried out in the country over a two-month period.

As European leaders in natural gas vehicles, with over 660,000 vehicles sold in Europe alone, FCA and CNH Industrial are committed to providing sustainable mobility solutions for the various sectors in which they operate from private and collective passenger transport to freight and agricultural applications.

The companies’ partnership with IFCI seeks to assist the Government of Israel in fulfilling its set objective to establish the country as an alternative fuels knowledge hub. The IFCI program calls for the increased use of alternative fuel technologies in Israel’s transportation sector with a significant portion of the vehicle fleet being so equipped by 2020.

(Source: CNH Industrial N.V)

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