Within the framework of the project "Innovation and Industry 4.0”
German car manufacturer BMW Group has completed a pilot project in collaboration with IVECO to test LNG-powered trucks for their logistics operations using an IVECO Stralis NP vehicle designed for long-haul transport.
Leading companies operating at international level are increasingly turning to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to reduce the environmental impact of their logistics operations with no compromise on efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
IVECO has pioneered natural gas technology for two decades, seeing it as the mature, reasonable and viable solution for sustainable transport. As a result, it is the only manufacturer that offers a full range of Natural Power models and the only true natural gas long haulage truck, the Stralis NP.
IVECO has run a pilot project in collaboration with
BMW Group to test an LNG-powered truck for the German car manufacturer’s logistics operations using an
IVECO Stralis NP, the first natural gas truck designed for long-haul transport in the industry. IVECO has now launched a further range, the Stralis NP 460, which features the latest-generation automated transmission designed for the most demanding long- distance missions and has already been crowned Low Carbon Truck of the Year in the UK. Available in Low Tractor version, it is the ideal vehicle for heavy goods long-haulage missions.
The test revealed that the IVECO Stralis NP 400 truck powered by LNG was able to compete with ease the 530 km round trip between Steyr and Regensburg with one tank. This is the alternative fuel that delivers
the best autonomy in heavy goods transport: with electric traction, for example, the 530 km round trip would require recharging several times.
Dr. Thomas Irrenhauser, who supervised the trouble-free pilot operation on behalf of BMW within the framework of the project "Innovation and Industry 4.0", sees LNG as a "reasonable, sustainable alternative to conventional diesel" in the long term. In direct comparison, emissions of nitrogen oxide are up to 60 percent lower, and noise levels during operation are up to 50 percent lower. Particulate matter emissions are negligible.
Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President commented: “We are very proud that BMW has taken in IVECO’s vision of the future of the sector, with natural gas being the next step towards sustainability. We are seeing a fast growing number of international manufacturers and logistics operators opting for LNG for their transport requirements. Many are choosing IVECO to convert their fleets to LNG, in view of the experience we have developed over the last 20 years.”
The logistics sector is increasingly looking at natural gas as a solution to reduce their environmental footprint and comply with ever-more stringent emissions regulations, while managing efficiently their resources. IVECO was the first to acknowledge the potential of natural gas in the commercial transport industry: this fuel can deliver 20 to 40% savings in fuel costs, up to a 15% reduction in fuel consumption compared to diesel, and provides the added benefit of quiet operation at less than 71dB on the Piek Quiet Truck Test. Trucks running on LNG improve air quality by significantly reducing CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions and virtually eliminate Particulate Matter.
IVECO has pioneered natural gas technology for the past 20 years and is recognized today as a leader in this sector. It was chosen by German car manufacturer BMW Group for a two-week pilot project to test LNG as a solution to reduce the environmental impact of its logistics operations. The test, which was implemented with forwarding company Spedition Duvenbeck, had an LNG-powered IVECO Stralis NP 400 truck transport engines every day from the BMW manufacturing plant in Steyr, Austria to its facility Regensburg.