Italian industrial vehicle manufacturer Iveco has received its first contract order for 50 Stralis Hi-Ways powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vehicles will be used by LC3, specialist in temperature-controlled transport and container lorries, which strives to equip its fleet with alternative technological solutions capable of reducing the vehicles’ environmental impact.
Following the opening of the first ENI Liquefied Natural Gas Station in Piacenza, LC3 was the first company in Italy to purchase the Stralis LNG and use them on the country’s roads.
The Stralis Natural Power LNG is powered by a 330 hp Cursor 8 CNG Euro VI engine. It is fitted with a 510 litre cryogenic LNG fuel tank and 4×70 litre CNG tanks ensuring a fuel range of more than 750 km.
In terms of emissions, natural gas engines are much cleaner than their Diesel Euro VI counterparts with emissions of particulate matters reduced by 95% and NOx by 35% in comparison to Diesel. Furthermore, these vehicles make it possible to reduce vehicle emissions of CO2 from 10% up to 100% if using biomethane. Average noise reduction of 5 decibels in comparison to Diesel also optimizes the vehicles for waste collection and nightly distribution.
With reference to cost effectiveness and savings in terms of the Total Cost of Ownership: Natural Gas is significantly less expensive when compared with Diesel. This results in fuel costs being reduced by up to 40% (i.e. the most important factor when evaluating TCO), depending on country of operation.