Trucks and Buses to France, Azerbaijan, Brazil,
Including 250 Stralis NP Trucks to Jacky Perrenot
Iveco is promoting its new Stralis NP dedicated-natural gas trucks as Europe’s first to be capable of long-haul heavy good transport, and has disclosed information about significant sales.
According to parent CNH Industrial, “Natural gas stands today as the only serious alternative fuel with prospects for widespread use.” Iveco and Iveco Bus are the commercial vehicle and passenger bus units of CNH.
The new Stralis NP, the manufacturer says, “is the first gas-fueled truck ever to offer power, fuel autonomy, driving comfort and liveability to international haulage standards, presenting a double opportunity to eco-committed transport professionals.”
Over Time, Cheaper than Diesel
The company claims an overall total cost of ownership that’s 7% lower than diesel trucks for the Stralis NP.
The new natural gas vehicle is powered by a spark-ignition variant of the company’s 8.7-liter Cursor 9 engine. It generates 400 horsepower with 1,700 newton meters of torque (1,250 foot-pounds) – the same as the diesel. The truck is available with liquefied natural gas or compressed natural gas fuel, or a combination.
‘Orders at an All-Time High’
“With orders at an all-time high, natural gas solutions from CNH Industrial brands Iveco and Iveco Bus have proven successful in helping Europe’s transporters and are steadily making progress worldwide,” states a release.
Recent sales include
- 250 Stralis NP trucks to Jacky Perrenot Group, “one of France’s leading transport logistics operators.” The order includes 200 LNG-fueled tractors and 50 CNG-fueled rigid trucks.
- 80 natural gas-fueled Iveco Bus vehicles for the city of Nantes, France, for the Métropole and Semitan transit agencies. “The contract foresees the renewed supply of Urbanway 18-meter buses powered by natural gas, with these first 80 units serving as an initial order.”
The CNH-Iveco release also notes a record order to supply a fleet of 151 Crealis CNG BRT and Urbanway city buses to Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, logged in 2014. In Brazil, Iveco partnered with the São Paulo Business Union of Transport (SETCESP) and the São Paulo Gas Company (Comgás) to put CNG versions of its Daily light commercial vehicle into operation for São Paulo-based companies.
Biomethane Fueling in Lille
Iveco Bus has also provided more than 430 CNG-fueled vehicles to the city of Lille, France, where local biomethane production is adequate to support 100 buses.
The New Holland unit of CNH is working to commercialize CNG- and propane-fueled versions of its T6 farm tractor too (F&F, June 13).
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Source: Iveco/CNH Industrial with Fleets & Fuels follow-up