Following the German Federal Ministry of Transport’s announcement of new subsidies for energy-efficient and low CO2 trucks, IVECO, the Italy-based manufacturer of commercial natural gas-powered vehicles, says it is ready to help transport operators access new funding and convert their fleet to Natural Gas with its full range of eligible CNG and LNG trucks.
IVECO Natural Power Tour 2018 kicks off in Dortmund and will tour Germany until October, offering demonstrations and test-drives of the full range of CNG and LNG vehicles. It interprets the German government’s decision to subsidise NGVs as a sign the country is embracing Natural Gas as a solution to address pollution on its roads, confirmation of IVECO’s message that natural gas vehicles are transitioning from a niche market to a mass market.
IVECO, which has pioneered the use of CNG and LNG in freight transport, says it already has a proven record in the fleets of major European logistics operators such as Perrenot, which provides in France sustainable transport for its customers including Carrefour, Casino and Auchan, with its fleet of IVECO Stralis NP trucks; Transports P. Mendy for Michelin and Intermarché, in Italy LC3 for LIDL and IKEA and Maganetti for Nestlé Waters, and in Spain Acotral for Mercadona.
Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President, said the announcement is “further confirmation of IVECO’s vision of the future of the transport sector, with natural gas traction being the mature technology that provides a viable and profitable solution today. At IVECO we have already seen a steep increase in the demand for our Natural Power trucks, as a growing number of international logistics operators opt for natural gas as they convert their fleets to achieve the higher standards of sustainability they desire for their operations. Germany being a major crossroad in the road transport network, this funding programme will also help speed up the development of the refuelling infrastructure. It is also a perfect match with the Natural Power demonstration tour we are kicking off in Germany with the help of a mobile LNG station.”
IVECO will be showcasing its full range of CNG and LNG vehicles in the IVECO Natural Power Tour 2018 – a demonstration programme that will cover the German territory from June to October, offering customers the opportunity to test drive the vehicles.
IVECO Natural Power Range
IVECO’s Natural Power models range from 3.5 to light commercial vehicles to heavy-duty trucks up to 50t GCW.
- The Daily natural gas range includes the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, the first Compressed Natural Gas vehicle with an 8-speed automatic gearbox in the LCV industry, which was crowned and International Van of the Year 2018 and Sustainable Truck of the Year 2018.
- In the medium range, the Eurocargo, the Truck the City Likes and Truck of the Year 2016, is available in Natural Power versions ranging from 11 to 16 tons.
- For heavy-duty transport, IVECO offers the Stralis NP, elected Low Carbon Truck of the Year in the UK, the only natural gas truck designed for long-haul transport on the market.
All the vehicles in the Natural Power range offer transport operators the advantages of low emissions that open access to city centres and restricted traffic zones and quiet operation perfect for night-time work – combined with the benefits of low Total Cost of Ownership. In addition, IVECO is able to support its customers’ Natural Power fleets through its network, which is the most advanced and experienced in servicing CNG and LNG vehicles.
Source: IVECO – an NGV Global Associate Member