Iveco has received its first contract order for 50 Stralis Hi-Ways powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Euro VI-compliant vehicles will be used by LC3, a company specializing in temperature-controlled transport and container trucks that has continuously strived to equip its fleet with alternative technological solutions capable of reducing the vehicles’ environmental impact.
Following the opening of the first ENI Liquefied Natural Gas Station in Piacenza, LC3 was the first company in Italy to purchase the Stralis LNG and use them on the country’s roads.
The Stralis Natural Power LNG is powered by a 330 hp (246 kW) Cursor 8 CNG Euro VI engine. It is fitted with a 510 liter cryogenic LNG fuel tank and 4x70 liter CNG tanks ensuring a fuel range of more than 750 km (466 miles). Because of these factors, the vehicles can be used for medium/long-term distances.
Natural gas reduces particulate emissions 95% in comparison to diesel, as well as NOxby 35%. Furthermore, these vehicles make it possible to reduce vehicle emissions of CO2 from 10% up to 100% if using bio-methane. Lastly, the gas Iveco is about 5 decibels more quiet than diesel.
More than 200 Iveco LNG vehicles are currently in circulation throughout Europe, chiefly in Spain and the Netherlands where the appropriate infrastructure is well established.