Iveco road testing LNG fueled, 18-meter long truck for efficiency and emissions benefits

Iveco is working together with SMET to test an 18-meter long articulated truck fueled by natural gas to determine its emissions reduction and fuel efficiency benefits.

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The need to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and traffic congestion means enhancing productivity in transport is a very important issue. Iveco has responded with an innovative and efficient solution: combining the potential of natural gas technology with the productivity benefits stemming from the use of 18-meter long articulated vehicles.

Iveco recently teamed up with SMET – the ever progressive European logistics company – to trial the integration of two different highly profitable green solutions, with an 18-meter long LNG-powered Stralis.

The results exceeded expectations: the 18-meter/LNG solution delivered significant advantages compared with the traditional diesel solution, both in terms of the total cost of ownership (TCO) and environmental impact.

Working in conjunction with SMET, Iveco had the opportunity to conduct a field-test – on real missions – to evaluate the reduction in the average cost per unit for goods transported. Together, the two companies tested the compatibility of 18-meter long articulated trucks on the road infrastructure and their parking maneuverability; the trial also highlighted the reduction in fuel consumption per unit for transported goods and, consequently, in CO2 emissions.

Authorized in July 2008 by the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Progetto DICIOTTO (which means "Project Eighteen") was launched by the ANFIA (Italian Automotive Industry Association) in Italy to test the impact on transport efficiency of increasing the length of articulated trucks to 18 m from the current standard length of 16.5 m.

Lengthening semi-trailers by around 1.5 m is the only planned variation from standard vehicles; all the other basic specifications remain unchanged, from axle loads to maneuverability under current legislation. The results achieved by Progetto DICIOTTO in Italy have improved transport efficiency by almost 10% on trial vehicles.

Similar experiments are also underway in other European countries: in Germany, with 300 vehicles in circulation, in the UK with 1,800 trucks in service and in the Czech Republic.

Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, says, “IVECO and SMET's decision to field-test an 18-meter long LNG Stralis has definitely proven to be a winning combination and reaffirms Iveco's commitment and role in increasing sustainable mobility.” 

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Iveco is the leader in the natural gas-driven commercial vehicle sector with a complete range of light, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and buses with more than 14,000 units delivered into service to-date.

There are many advantages to using this type of vehicle, both in terms of environmental sustainability and profitability for customers. Indeed, in terms of emissions, natural gas engines are more environmentally friendly than their diesel Euro VI counterparts. Natural gas is a much cleaner fuel in terms of its minimal particulate emissions (-95% compared to diesel) and NOx emissions (-35%). Furthermore, these vehicles make it possible to reduce vehicle CO2 emissions from 10% up to 100% if using bio-methane. Lastly, it ensures a quieter vehicle with an average decrease of 5 decibels in comparison to its diesel brother, making it perfect for waste collection operations and night-time distribution.

From the standpoint of economic sustainability, these vehicles generate TCO savings of up to 10%. Natural gas is also markedly less expensive than diesel, and it enables fuel costs to be reduced by up to 40%.