LNG-powered Iveco Stralis makes big fuel savings
CNH brand bets on natural gas, which is less expensive than diesel, reducing fuel costs by up to 40%
Iveco has teamed up with SMET, a European logistics company, to trial the integration of an LNG-fuelled engine into its Stralis commercial freight vehicle.
The integration was trailed alongside an increase in the overall length of the vehicle from 16.5m to 18m to improve the efficacy of its transport operations.
The results exceeded expectations: the LNG solution delivered significant advantages compared with the traditional diesel offer, both in terms of the total cost of ownership and environmental impact, as natural gas is significantly less expensive than diesel, reducing fuel costs by up to 40%.
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco’s brand president, said: “Iveco and SMET's decision to field-test an 18 m long LNG Stralis has definitely proven to be a winning combination and reaffirms Iveco’s commitment and role in increasing sustainable mobility.”
The shift to an 18-metre-long articulated combination was an effort driven by Progetto Diciotto (Project Eighteen) – an initiative of the ANFIA (Italian Automotive Industry Association) to test the impact of increasing the length of articulated trucks to 18m from the current standard length of 16.5m.
The Progetto Diciotto has also been shown to improved transport efficiency by almost 10% on trial vehicles, and similar experiments are also underway in other European countries including the Czech Republic, German and the UK.
The ANFIA initiative was authorised by Italy’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in July 2008.