Renault Trucks, Europe’s largest and the world’s second largest truck manufacturer, has launched two new CNG vehicles: the Midlum NGV and the Puncher NGV. Targeted for use in refuse collection, street cleaning, and urban delivery, both models are powered by Cummins Westport natural gas engines.
The Puncher NGV, the product of a partnership between Renault Trucks and Ponticelli Vehicules Industriels (PVI), will be fitted with Cummins Westport’s C Gas Plus engine. The Midlum NGV, also from PVI, will be fitted with a Cummins Westport B Gas Plus engine and is available in 12 and 16 tonnes GVWs.
Both engines are six-cylinder Lean-Burn Spark-Ignited natural gas vehicle engines that deliver from 195 to 280 hp and from 500 to 660 lb-ft of torque with ultra-low emissions. All Cummins Westport natural gas engines are certified to EPA 2004, CARB Optional Low-NOx and Euro III emissions levels.
The engines actually operate at up to 40% lower NOx than current 2004 EPA standards, and up to 95% lower PM. (Chart to right.)
PVI is an Italian manufacturer specializing in vehicles for public hygiene services.