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Iveco LNG truck tests advance

The latest Iveco Stralis NP 460 LNG fuel truck is being used in a pilot project with BMW, for transports between Steyr and Regensburg. The truck easily covered the 530 kms distance with one fuel tank

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The latest Iveco Stralis NP 460 LNG fuel HGV is being used in a pilot project with BMW, for transports between Steyr and Regensburg. The truck easily covered the 530 kms distance with one fuel tank

The Iveco Stralis NP truck is the first truck specifically designed for long haul transport to be powered by liquified natural gas.

Dr Thomas Irrenhauser, who is supervising the tests for BMW, believes LNG is a feasible, sustainable alternative to normal diesel in the long run. NOx emissions and noise levels are up to 60% and up to 50% lower respectively.

This is an “Innovation and Industry 4.0" project backed by the German federal government and the trucks are operated by forwarding company Duvenbeck, transporting BMW engines on a daily basis from Steyr in Austria to the BMW assembly plant in Regensburg.

Truck leaving BMW Regensburg
Truck leaving BMW Regensburg

"In view of growing environmental concerns, demand for LNG-powered trucks will increase," says Mario Männlein, project manager at Iveco.

Already around 2000 Iveco LNG trucks have been sold in Europe, and sales are being constrained by the shortage of LNG pumps in filling stations.

"The Stralis NP 460 is the ideal truck for the long-haul transport business," says Iveco. "It delivers outstanding TCO and equal or better comfort, payload, performance and versatility than a diesel truck. It achieves up to 9% reduction in TCO compared to a diesel vehicle, delivering a better dynamic performance. This is a further improvement from the 7% reduction that is already achieved by the Stralis NP 400 launched in 2016."

The corollary of this latest development is whether it may encourage more ports or DC operators to look at LNG for their terminal and "spotter" tractors, perhaps particularly the latter as they are often required to be homologated for road transport as well. LNG tractors already exist, of course, but overall take-up is relatively low.

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