Italian truck manufacturer Iveco has marked their presence at IAA 2016 in Hannover with the handing over of the first of 20 Iveco Stralis NP trucks to German logistics company Ludwig Meyer GmbH & Co. KG (Meyer Logistics), representing the first step towards using a real alternative to diesel for freight transportation in Germany.
Meyer Logistics is a long-standing partner of Iveco, and has a long history of demonstrating innovation in the field of CNG and electric vehicles. The Friedrichsdorf-based company will soon be operating 20 Stralis NP trucks for the purposes of fresh food logistics and distribution in the Berlin area. Meyer Logistik is also co-ordinating the construction of a public LNG filling station on the east side of the Berliner Ring orbital motorway.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (BMVI) encouraged the purchase of the LNG truck fleet with 360,000 euros (approx. USD 400k), thereby allowing the construction of the LNG refuelling station. Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said at the hand-over: “LNG is a promising alternative to conventional fuel. Funded by the BMVI pilot project with Meyer Logistics, this deal is an important contribution in the field of new and clean drives for heavy trucks and LNG as a fuel source in Germany.”
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, is delighted that the door to more sustainable logistics is now open in Germany, and adds: “Iveco is a leading technology developer in the natural gas sector. Our customers in Spain, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands are demonstrating that LNG is an equally reliable and efficient technology that has far less of an environmental impact than other fuels. The Stralis NP not only produces cleaner emissions, but is also extremely quiet. This makes the vehicle suitable for urban use and calms residents’ concerns about noise”.
Meyer Logistics will use the LNG trucks for Fresh Logistics and Food Distribution in the Berlin area. The vehicles have a power output of 400 hp and a range of up to 1,500 kilometers.