The French Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (AFGNV) is making a big splash at next week’s International Transport and Logistics Week (SITL) at Paris Nord Villepinte. Under the banner of Transport Next Generation (TNG), the Association has coordinated nearly 700m2 of space dedicated to natural gas fuel solutions for ground transportation. In addition, AFGNV was entrusted with the organization of a panel discussion on selecting the right truck for the right application.
AFGNV explains that since 2012, the CNG and bioNGV industry in France knows uninterrupted and unprecedented development, with the arrival of many leading industry players. Thus, the supply of efficient commercial vehicles from major manufacturers has grown and a dozen companies offer competitive natural gas and biomethane fuel solutions. In 2015, CNG/bioNGV was recognized as the alternative to diesel in road transport to increase its competitiveness while significantly reducing its environmental footprint. Today, our industrial sector is strongly mobilized to provide transport professionals a fuel distribution infrastructure for their needs. This mobilization is fully in the implementation of the European Directive on alternative fuels and makes France a European leader in CNG/bioNGV in Road Transport of Goods.
Many vehicles and equipment will be presented. OEMs will include Iveco, Scania, Renault Trucks, Volvo Trucks and Fiat.
Iveco will exhibit the Iveco Stralis Hi-Road aT 440 S 33 TP LNG / C provided by it’s client XPO Logistics (formerly Norbert Dentressangle). AFGNV points out that the brand has experienced an exceptional year in 2015 with 71% market share in the category of industrial vehicles over 3.5t running on natural gas.
Scania will present the Scania Euro 6 tractor LNG/bioLNG. With a 340 hp (or 280 hp) Euro 6 engine, gas ignition and indirect multipoint injection, the truck that offers a range of over 1000 kms. It has a total gas capaicty of 300 kg (-130 ° under 10 bar); the left side tank has 450 liters or 190 kg capacity and the right side tank rates at 360 liters or 110 kg of gas.
Renault Trucks will exhibit its D WIDE CNG truck as representative of its range of vehicles running on compressed natural gas (CNG). This vehicle operates just as well on natural gas as on biomethane fuel (biogas). Biomethane is a renewable energy produced from organic materials, making it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 70% compared with a diesel vehicle.
The Renault Trucks D Wide CNG is available in two configurations: 19 ton 4×2 rigid and 26 ton 6×2 rigid with a Euro 6 NGT9 engine having a displacement of 9 L and a power rating of 320 hp. It is fitted with a fully automatic Allison series 3200 gearbox, perfectly adapted for refuse collection tipper applications.
Vehicles running on natural gas or biomethane fuel can operate in areas for clean vehicles only and are perfectly well adapted for use in urban and suburban environments for carrying out deliveries and for local authority activities (street cleaning, refuse collection and urban distribution).
On March 22, AFGNV will unveil a map of CNG and LNG stations that will be open for heavy duty vehicles in 2017.