CNH Industrial and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announce an important achievement and milestone for the Israeli vehicle market: the commercialization of the first ever natural gas vehicle. The vehicle in question is a Stralis 4x2 heavy truck from CNH Industrial’s commercial vehicles brand Iveco. It is powered by a Cursor 8 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Euro VI engine .
This order falls under the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which foresees a partnership between CNH Industrial, FCA and Israel's Fuel Choices Initiative (FCI). FCI is a ten-year Israeli Government programme, which is dedicated to reducing the World’s dependency on oil for transport and supporting the development of alternative fuels. The signed MOU specifies that FCA and CNH Industrial, along with several of their brands, will assist in the research, development and implementation of natural gas based fuels for transportation.
The Iveco Stralis CNG will be supplied to Fridenson Group, one of Israel’s leading logistics companies with an existing fleet of over 140 trucks and trailers. This delivery is being managed by MCA, the exclusive importer of Iveco and brands belonging to FCA to Israel. Fridenson Group plans to use the CNG truck in a pilot programme that demonstrates its commitment to ensuring a cleaner environment. This first step will lead to the replacement of a significant number of diesel engine trucks in favour of CNG-powered models.