Lawsons, the largest family owned independent timber, building materials and fencing merchant in London and the South East, has taken delivery of its first natural gas-powered heavy truck. They have added a 26-tonne IVECO Stralis NP running on compressed natural gas (CNG) to their 90-strong fleet.
The new truck offers significant sustainability advantages over diesel. It emits 50 per cent less NOx emissions, 95 per cent less particulate matter versus Euro VI limits, and 95 per cent less CO2 when using compressed biomethane.
The Stralis NP (AD260S33) 6×2 rigid has been built for operation primarily around Greater London and is based at Lawsons’ Camden depot, conveniently located just half a mile from the nearest CNG-refuelling station. It features a body built by Colliers Truck Builders and a Hiab X-HiPro 142E-2 crane powered by an electric power take off (ePTO) for silent and efficient loading and unloading of building materials and fencing products.
David Harvey, Group Transport Manager at Lawsons, says: “We recognised there was a huge potential for trialling gas vehicle technology in our fleet and once we started speaking with IVECO, they demonstrated a real desire to make it happen. IVECO could also offer precisely the specification of truck we wanted and deliver it into service quickly.”
Powered by an ultra-clean 7.8-litre natural gas engine capable of delivering up to 330hp at 2,000 rev/min and up to 1,300 Nm of torque between 1,200 and 1,785 rev/min, the IVECO Stralis NP is perfectly matched in terms of on-road performance versus a traditional diesel 26-tonner. Plus, its natural gas engine is around 50 per cent quieter than diesel, making it ideal for deliveries in residential areas.
Built with the Stralis Hi-Street day cab, the new vehicle offers driver comfort, safety, ergonomics and infotainment, providing a working environment that helps to maximise productivity.
Lawsons will keep the new truck in service for seven years, with an IVECO Elements repair and maintenance package to ensure the vehicle remains in tip-top condition. All routine service work will be carried out by IVECO trained technicians at Acorn Trucks in Waltham Cross just 13 miles from the vehicle’s main operating base.
Harvey adds: “The need to reduce emission levels, particularly in the London area, is a major issue and we wanted to become an early adopter of this new technology. We’ll be monitoring the performance of the Stralis closely, and if it performs well, we are very confident about adding more natural gas-powered vehicles when we replace older diesel trucks in the fleet.”
Established in 1921, the Lawsons Group operates from 14 Lawsons branches in and around London, two Crowthorne Fencing branches in Ascot and Bedford and Sharvatt Woolwich in Belvedere.
IVECO, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, and vehicles for applications such as off-road missions.
IVECO is 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 23,000 units sold, the brand is the market and technology leader in natural gas commercial vehicles.
Source: IVECO UK