IVECO GOES DIESEL FREE AT HANOVER

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IVECO HAS AN­NOUNCED THAT, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Shell, it will dis­play a full of­fer­ing of al­ter­na­tive elec­tric, CNG and LNG ve­hi­cles that are cur­rently avail­able on the mar­ket at Septem­ber’s IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in Hanover, Ger­many. Iveco says the ve­hi­cles on its stand will cover ap­pli­ca­tions rang­ing from pas­sen­ger trans­port to long-dis­tance haulage.

Held at the Hanover Ex­hi­bi­tion Grounds from Septem­ber 20 to 27, the Iveco stand at this year’s event will be classed as a ‘low-emis­sion area’.

Iveco says it will be fo­cus­ing on its ex­per­tise in al­ter­na­tive fu­els and driv­e­train tech­nolo­gies.

As well as show­cas­ing its com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle prod­ucts, Iveco says its part­ner­ship with Shell com­bines the be­lief that de-car­bon­i­sa­tion of the trans­port sec­tor re­quires a range of fu­els and tech­nolo­gies. This will re­sult in the hold­ing of a round-ta­ble dis­cus­sion on ‘the en­ergy tran­si­tion to­wards a sus­tain­able fu­ture’ and also host a se­ries of work­shops ex­plor­ing sev­eral top­ics re­lat­ing to the adop­tion of al­ter­na­tive tech­nolo­gies in the trans­port sec­tor.

“The pres­sure on diesel is mount­ing; pub­lic opin­ion has turned against it,” Iveco brand pres­i­dent Pierre Lahutte says. “EU in­sti­tu­tions and na­tional gov­ern­ments are in­tro­duc­ing poli­cies and sub­si­dies to sup­port the con­ver­sion of fleets to en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly tech­nolo­gies.

“At IAA, with its diesel-free stand il­lus­trat­ing a low-emis­sion area, Iveco, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Shell, will demon­strate that its elec­tric, CNG and LNG full of­fer­ing is avail­able to­day as a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to diesel ve­hi­cles.

“Vis­i­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion will dis­cover a stand full of al­ter­na­tive trac­tion ve­hi­cles, de­vel­oped with cus­tomers and body builder part­ners, cov­er­ing ev­ery mis­sion – and not a sin­gle diesel en­gine in sight!”

Iveco says its dis­play at IAA 2018 will show its ap­proach to sus­tain­able trans­port, with an en­ergy mix that matches the re­quire­ments of the dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions.

It sees elec­tric propul­sion as hav­ing an im­por­tant role to play, espe­cially in high-value mis­sions such as peo­ple trans­port – par­tic­u­larly in low-speed mis­sions in city cen­tres.

It says the other key en­ergy source is nat­u­ral gas, which pro­vides a ma­ture so­lu­tion for sus­tain­able trans­port of peo­ple and goods.

Iveco plans to high­light the con­sid­er­able en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­van­tage of nat­u­ral gas, which is able to de­liver mas­sive re­duc­tions in the most pol­lut­ing emis­sions: more than 90 per cent for NO2, 99 per cent for par­tic­u­late mat­ter, and 10 per cent for nat­u­ral gas which it says rises as high as 95 per cent with biomethane.

Iveco Aus­tralia mar­ket­ing man­ager Dar­ren Swenson says that there was an in­creas­ing in­ter­est in al­ter­na­tive fu­els and pow­er­trains in Aus­tralia.

“Our lo­cal mar­ket is fol­low­ing a global trend that is see­ing grow­ing aware­ness about diesel fuel al­ter­na­tives for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle ap­pli­ca­tions. As a na­tive fuel, LNG and CNG makes a lot of sense in Aus­tralia.

“Iveco is a mar­ket leader in nat­u­ral gas so will be in an ex­cel­lent po­si­tion to in­tro­duce a breadth of models when the time is right in the lo­cal mar­ket.

“The com­pany has also re­cently made strong gains in elec­tric ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy and is well placed on this front as well. Events such as IAA present an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for our brand to show­case its tech­nolo­gies,” Swenson says.

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