Last week, Iveco, an Italian industrial vehicle manufacturer, launched the New Stralis NP at its manufacturing base in Madrid, Spain. On the same day of the international launch, French transportation and logistics company Perrenot Group placed an order for 250 of these natural gas powered trucks — the largest fleet of natural gas trucks in Europe according to Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President.
Iveco sees such a significant order as a turning point in the transition towards sustainability in road freight transport in Europe and validation of the company’s vision as a pioneer in the natural gas industrial vehicle market for the past two decades. With the natural gas powered Daily, Eurocargo and Stralis, Iveco offers product that now covers all market sectors – from urban distribution to international transport.
Founded in 1945, Perrenot Group (formerly known as UNIC) has grown to be one of France’s leading transport brands across all sectors (mass distribution, long haulage, construction, bulk, containers, logistics, etc.), both nationally and internationally. Iveco is the dominant brand in Perrenot Group’s fleet.
The Group was among the first in Europe to use biomethane-powered Iveco tractors in their operations in 2012. To this day, these remain the only vehicles capable of contributing to better air quality, drastically reducing CO2 emissions, and halving noise levels.
In 2013, having tested other alternative energy solutions, Iveco’s natural gas technologies proved to be the natural choice for Perrenot Group with the purchase of the first CNG refrigerated transporters fuelled by liquid nitrogen. In 2014, the Group took yet another innovative step, commissioning the first LNG tractors in France.
Jacky Perrenot, President and founder of Perrenot Group, stated: “Today we are taking a key step in our development thanks to Iveco’s advanced natural gas technology – and in particular the brand’s new 400 hp engine. Combined with the dual LNG tank configuration, which increases the tractor’s range to 1500 km, this opens up new business opportunities for us, especially in long-distance transport operations. The exceptional performance of the new Stralis NP confirms we made the right choice with Iveco’s natural gas technology as the best alternative to diesel fuel, both economically and environmentally.”
Philippe Givone, President of the Perrenot Group Transport holding company, added: “For the first time ever, these new Iveco natural gas trucks won’t be assigned to missions specific to them – instead, they will replace diesel tractors on current missions, with no need for special adaptations. This is a major change in our approach to freight transport – a change Iveco has seen coming for a long time now!”
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, concluded: “With this historic order Perrenot Transport will be running the largest fleet of natural gas trucks in Europe. For its part, Iveco has reached a further milestone in its leadership in natural gas technologies for sustainable road transport. We are very proud of Perrenot Group’s trust in Iveco, which is the result of the unique partnership that has allowed our two groups to write a new important chapter in the history of sustainable transport in Europe.”