Truck producer wins natural gas power award

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Gas powered Iveco Stralis

Iveco has taken the NGV Global Industry Champion award for the development of its commercial vehicles using gas power sources.

Iveco has won the “NGV Global Industry Champion” Award 2017 in recognition of its commitment to the natural gas sector and for its efforts in developing the compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets. The award is sponsored by NGV Global, the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles, which represents the natural gas vehicle industry worldwide and is dedicated to promoting the use of natural gas and biomethane for transport, with a view to increasing vehicle efficiency and safety in all areas.

The official announcement was made by Diego Goldin, Executive Director of NGV Global, who said at the NGV Global 2017 Gala Dinner on Wednesday 22nd March in Rotterdam: “Iveco’s focus on natural gas propulsion, offering methane-powered alternatives (including biomethane) on its entire commercial vehicle product range, significantly contributes to the reduction of transport-related emissions. I hope you will accept this token not just as a mark of all that has been achieved but also as a beginning of a new chapter of greater adoption, development and prosperity for natural gas technology in the future.”

The biennial award recognises initiatives and programmes implemented by companies to develop and improve the natural gas sector around the world. The NGV Global board selected Iveco for the award based on criteria that included the progress made in the use of natural gas as an alternative fuel and the contribution to growing the natural gas vehicle market worldwide. The jury looked at the impact of the activities of the brand at national, regional and global level. NGV Global represents the interests of more than 350 members throughout the world. Since its establishment in 1986, it has seen the number of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) in the world grow from almost none to more than 23 million. Over the next few years, NGV Global is projecting a continued growth, towards a target of 65 million NGVs on the road globally by 2030.

It is the first time that NGV Global presented the Industry award during the Biennial Conference and Exhibition. In previous occasions, the NGV Champions prize rewarded people and companies that had been important to the development of the Industry in their regions. This year, the Industry award was determined directly by the NGV Global leadership committee with the aim of recognising the leading industries with global presence in the Natural Gas for Transportation sector.

The “NGV Global Industry Champion Award” was accepted by Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, who commented: “We are proud that our commitment to the development of natural gas as a fuel for sustainable transport was recognised with this award. At a time when many are looking for alternatives to diesel and for ways of making electric or even hydrogen propulsion technologically and economically viable, which is not yet the case, Natural Gas simply proves to be a mature, reasonable and affordable solution. Natural Gas technology is not a dream for the future, it is a reality for today: a true, practical and immediate solution. At Iveco we have worked on the development of this sustainable fuel for more than 20 years and today we have 16,000 vehicles already operating either on Natural or Bio Gas.

“We are proud,” added Lahutte, “to be able to say that we are the first manufacturer to offer a full range of natural gas models, from light commercial vehicles to heavy trucks and buses, and that every day we see the adoption rate grow with the acquisition of new customers. The key objective of our product strategy is to provide our customers with vehicles that enable them to be more sustainable, both for the environment and their bottom line. Our Natural Power technology is at the forefront of the industry, offering a cutting-edge solution that counters pollutant emissions whilst reducing the Total Cost of Ownership, as well as slashing noise pollution – another key factor for urban areas today. Thanks to the increasing availability of bioCNG and bioLNG fuels in Europe, haulage and public transport companies are now able to operate a CO2 neutral fleet, and contribute to energy independence and the fight against climate change.”

Indeed, since 1996 Iveco stoichiometric engines have been the reference for reliability, fuel economy and low emissions. With 30% less NOx, 99% fewer particulates and half the noise levels of the latest Euro VI diesel engines, Iveco gas-powered vehicles also provide a cutting-edge solution in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.

The “NGV Global Industry Champion” award, conferred to Iveco and its range of natural gas vehicles, is the latest addition to an extensive collection of national and international awards won this year by the Stralis NP, the first gas-powered vehicle designed for long-distance transport. They include the “Project of the Year” 2017 award at the European Gas Awards of Excellence in Vienna, and the Spanish “Vehículo Industrial Ecologico del Año” (Ecological Industrial Vehicle of the Year) 2017 prize, which come on the back of the recognition received by the Stralis NP at last year’s Green Fleet Awards 2016 in the UK. All these awards are testament to the importance of sustainability for the Iveco brand.

Iveco also celebrated two victories at the recent inaugural “Sustainable Truck of the Year 2017” awards, promoted by the magazine Vado e Torno, in collaboration with Lifegate: the Eurocargo CNG won this prestigious prize in the DISTRIBUTION category, and the New Daily Electric in the VAN category.

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