IVECO GOES DIESEL FREE AT HANOVER
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.