German finished vehicle logistics provider ARS Altmann has taken delivery of its first car carrier powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a Iveco Stralis NP truck.
The truck was handed over in February to the company’s subsidiary AFT H. Altmann Fahrzeugtransporte and is currently being used on an in-house pilot project in southern Germany. The trailer has been supplied by Italian equipment maker Rolfo. Altmann has not disclosed the investment involved.
The company said the vehicle was an alternative to diesel and part of its response to stricter Euro 6 emissions standards, which limit sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, CO2 and particulate matter. LNG carriers produce fewer emissions than diesel and make less noise, according to the company – an important consideration for city deliveries.
The Stralis has a 400hp Cursor 9 engine coupled to an automated 12-speed transmission. It can carry the same payload as a comparable diesel-powered vehicle and has a range of approximately 1,500 km, thanks to two gas tanks of 190 kg each.
ARS Altmann has said that the car transporter powered by deep-cooled liquefied natural gas is a real alternative to diesel trucks. The truck, an IVECO Stralis NP, not only meets the strict environmental requirements of the Euro VI emissions standard, but also emits far less sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, CO2 and particulate matter than diesel. In addition, noise emissions are also significantly lower. This makes it possible to drive into city centres without reservation, also in view of planned stricter regulations and possible access restrictions with an LNG truck.
On February 2, 2018, key account manager Klaus Schäpers officially handed over the LNG truck to representatives of AFT H. Altmann Fahrzeugtransporte GmbH, a subsidiary of ARS Altmann AG, at the IVECO Center in Ulm. Klaus Schäpers was delighted with the opportunity to personally issue the keys for the vehicle and emphasised the good cooperation to date: “ARS Altmann AG has been relying on powerful trucks from our company for many years and we are particularly pleased that our long-standing partner now wants to explore new paths with us. With the selection of the Stralis NP, the company has in any case made a successful entry into the world of alternative drives. We wish them every success and many climate neutral transports with the LNG truck.”
Dr. Maximilian Altmann, Chairman of the Management Board of ARS Altmann AG, was and still is enthusiastic about the environmentally friendly addition to the fleet: “Sustainability plays an important role in our company. For this reason, we addressed this issue at an early stage and defined a corresponding strategy. We have both a purely electric and a gas-powered truck in our repertoire. The E-Truck ̶ currently the first fully electric truck in automotive logistics in Europe ̶ has been in operation since November, and the LNG truck is now being put into operation for an in-house pilot project in southern Germany. We are thus very well positioned in the field of alternative drives. Unfortunately, the necessary infrastructure in Germany is still very manageable, so that the legislature must make its contribution to making electric and LNG powered vehicles more attractive for companies.”