IVECO has surged ahead in alternative fuel solutions developing a LNG-powered heavy truck with a 1500km range.
The European truck brand is fast cementing itself as a leader in European alternative fuel solutions, recently taking large scale new orders of natural gas-powered commercial vehicles and buses.
Part of the global CNH Industrial group, Iveco is a pioneer in natural gas technology having first begun developing alternative-fuelled vehicles over 35 years ago.
Iveco is now recognised as a leader in natural gas research as well as in the sale of natural gas-powered vehicles across light, medium and heavy duty vehicles as well as buses.
In June this year, Iveco announced a record order of 250 natural gas-powered trucks to the Jacky Perrenot Group, one of France's leading transport and logistics companies.
The large order comprised 200 Stralis NP (Natural Power) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) prime movers as well as 50 Stralis NP CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) rigid trucks.
The Stralis NP prime mover is the first long haul LNG-powered heavy truck offering a range of up to 1,500 kilometres.
In the bus industry, the city of Nantes in France has also just committed to an order of 80 Iveco natural gas buses, to be taken on by local transport authority, Mantes Metropole and Semitan. The arrangement is for ongoing supply of Iveco natural gas buses, with the 80 units marking only the first instalment.
In Australia Iveco offers CNG-powered variants of selected Daily, Eurocargo and Stralis models, providing strong coverage across the light, medium and heavy duty weight classes from three tonnes to 44 tonnes - a number of these vehicles have now worked successfully with local customers for several years.
Natural gas is currently seen as the only viable alternative to diesel as a transport fuel, delivering notable environmental benefits including reduced CO2 and Nitrogen Oxide emissions and virtually no particulate matter.
Other benefits include a reduction in operating noise of up to 50% compared to diesel-powered engines - an important factor particularly for night time operation in inner city environments - as well as reduced fuel costs.
Through parent company CNH Industrial, Iveco is working closely in Australia with key industry, government and non-government stakeholders to highlight the advantages of conventionally-accessible natural gas.
In addition to the many operating benefits of natural gas-powered trucks and buses, there are significant opportunities to address issues relating to Australia's domestic fuel security framework and as a logical provision in mitigating an increasing dependency on imported fuels.