Iveco has signed an agreement to supply ten new Stralis Natural Power (NP) vehicles running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) to i-FAST Automotive Logistics, which boasts a wealth of experience in car transportation.
This order will mark the first European delivery of vehicles for LNG-powered car transport, further confirming Iveco’s commitment to sustainability. This supply is testament to the extreme versatility of the New Stralis NP (AS440S40T/P) and is the result of the strong relationship that has developed between the two companies that share a common goal – to improve sustainability in road transport.
The New Stralis NP is the first natural gas vehicle designed for long-haul missions. It features the spacious Hi-Way cab, the 400 hp Iveco Cursor 9 engine, a EuroTronic gearbox and dual LNG tanks, each with a 540 litre capacity, for a range of up to 1,500 km. The clean fuel used to power these vehicles will mean that they can freely access urban areas where increasingly stringent noise and pollution restrictions are being introduced.
In recent months, i-FAST Automotive Logistics has tested the Stralis Hi-Road AT440S33T/P C-LNG model, which is equipped with tanks for both liquid and gaseous natural gas. They submitted the vehicle to a series of extended trials across different routes of increasing length and difficulty in both northern and central Italy.
Following the results of these trials, i-FAST Automotive Logistics opted to become the first car transporter fleet to offer this type of sustainable, low environmental impact transport. This decision was also based on expected short-term developments in the Italian LNG fuel distribution network: there are currently six LNG stations in Italy, but new LNG sites are planned for later this year, bringing the total number to ten.
Iveco has confirmed its position as an ideal partner for sustainable transport by enabling i-FAST Automotive Logistics to realise its ambitious plan to increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet, making it greener, more sustainable and, above all, more competitive.
i-FAST Automotive Logistics is part of FCA Group and operates a modern fleet of car transporters featuring innovative telematics systems and advanced security technology with a team of skilled drivers.
This order is a further confirmation of the success of Iveco’s pioneering vision, which has set the company apart in the natural gas vehicle sector. Today, with a range of products dedicated to all market sectors – from local distribution to international transportation – Iveco has consolidated its position as leader in the European natural gas market with the Daily, Eurocargo and Stralis ranges.