IVECO COM­MITS TO DIESELFREE SHOW FOR IAA 2018

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A LEAD­ING com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles man­u­fac­turer has - in col­lab­o­ra­tion with en­ergy and petro­chem­i­cal sup­plier Shell – con­firmed it will only dis­play a full of­fer­ing of al­ter­na­tive elec­tric, CNG and LNG ve­hi­cles at the forth­com­ing 67th IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Han­nover, 2018, in Ger­many, this Septem­ber 20 – 27, it’s re­ported.

Iveco’s stand will fea­ture ap­pli­ca­tions rang­ing from pas­sen­ger trans­port to long-dis­tance haulage, show­cas­ing a ‘low emis­sion area’ fo­cus­ing on Iveco’s ex­per­tise in al­ter­na­tive fu­els and driv­e­train tech­nolo­gies.

As well as its com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle prod­ucts, Iveco will part­ner with Shell, which shares the belief that “de-car­bon­i­sa­tion of the trans­port sec­tor re­quires a range of fu­els and tech­nolo­gies,” it’s claimed.

The “for­ward-look­ing brand” will hold 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.

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

Iveco’s dis­play at IAA 2018 will show its ap­proach to sus­tain­able trans­port, with an en­ergy mix that matches re­quire­ments of dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions. It sees elec­tric propul­sion as im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in high-value mis­sions such as peo­ple trans­port – par­tic­u­larly in low-speed mis­sions in cities.

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The other key en­ergy source is nat­u­ral gas, which pro­vides a ma­ture so­lu­tion for sus­tain­able trans­port of peo­ple and goods, it says. Iveco will high­light the con­sid­er­able en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­van­tage of nat­u­ral gas. The 18 ve­hi­cles on dis­play will show­case Iveco’s sus­tain­able so­lu­tions, from city peo­ple mo­bil­ity to long-haul freight, which make up a com­plete of­fer­ing, the com­pany says.

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

“Our mar­ket is fol­low­ing a global trend that is see­ing grow­ing aware­ness about diesel fuel al­ter­na­tives,” he said.

“The pres­sure on diesel is mount­ing; pub­lic opin­ion has turned.”

Be­low: It will be a 100 per cent dieselfree show­case at the Iveco stand come IAA 2018, in Ger­many, this Septem­ber.

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