LNG technology for German logistics operation
German car manufacturer BMW Group has completed a pilot project in collaboration with IVECO to test LNG-powered trucks for its logistics operations using an IVECO Stralis NP vehicle designed for long-haul transport.
The Stralis NP is the first natural gas truck designed specifically for long-haul transport. It features the latest-generation automated transmission and has already been crowned Low Carbon Truck of the Year in the UK.
Under test conditions the IVECO Stralis NP 400 truck powered by LNG completed the 530 km round trip between Steyr and Regensburg with one tank. This compares with the performance of an electric drive truck that would require recharging several times.
Dr. Thomas Irrenhauser of BMW 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 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.”