In France, Italy-headed engine, truck, and bus major IVECO, a CNH Industrial company, has announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with France-headed haulage major company Transports Jacky Perrenot for 250 Stralis NP trucks. The order, which was signed during the Solutrans event in Lyons, France, brings the total number of IVECO gas-powered trucks within Perrenot to 550 units by the end of 2018.
Operating a 7 000 fleet of commercial vehicles, France-headed Transports Jacky Perrenot is one of the largest transport companies in Europe and has been operating natural gas and biomethane vehicles since 2012. IVECO has since 1960 grown to become the largest brand within Perrenot with over 1 800 vehicles and is set to grow as Perrenot has a target of 1 000 IVECO natural gas vehicles by 2020.
During Solutrans 2017, Transports Jacky Perrenot officially announced the order for 250 Stralis NP of which nearly 200 equipped with the new IVECO Cursor 13 NP engine featuring 460 hp.
This new order marks an important milestone in the Group’s history. We made the choice of gas many years ago, and today we are strengthening our position as leaders in clean transport in Europe thanks to IVECO’s expertise in alternative energies. Thanks to the increasingly dense network of stations and the new Stralis NP 460, which offers equivalent or better performance than diesel, we are able to offer our customers a “green” logistics and a daily commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, said Philippe Givone, CEO of the Perrenot Group’s transport subsidiary.
According to IVECO, the order of this third generation of natural gas vehicles by the Perrenot Group “demonstrates the relationship of trust which has bound the two brands for many years” and once again confirms their long-standing partnership – echoing the 250 Stralis NP 400 hp order of last year in Madrid, Spain – and reinforce their leadership in sustainable transport.”
Gas is the most mature, versatile and affordable solution to replace diesel in the city and on the highway. More than the fuel of tomorrow, it is above all the fuel of today. That’s why we strive to offer ever more efficient vehicles that respect the environment. By choosing our new Stralis NP 460, Transport Jacky Perrenot demonstrates the potential of natural gas and biomethane as an immediate alternative for freight transport.More than just an order, it is the recognition of IVECO’s leadership and expertise in this area. We are pleased and proud to see the Stralis NP 460 and the X-Way NP join the Jacky Perrenot transport fleet and thus participate in the sustainable development of the company, said Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President.
Two world’s firsts – CNG-electric hybrid and refrigerator with CNG engine cooling
Specifically, the order also entails two world firsts for IVECO. The first is a CNG – electric hybrid concrete mixer designed in partnership with IVECO and CIFA for VICAT concrete. This Stralis X-WAY CNG 8x2x6 configuration chassis mixer transports 8 m3 of concrete with virtually no carbon dioxide (CO2), particulate matter (PM) or noise emissions.
The second is the first refrigerated truck equipped with a CNG engine cooling unit. The result of two years of collaboration between Carrier and IVECO, this vehicle has a suitable CNG circuit that allows it to power the cooling unit completely autonomously, even when the engine of the truck is shut down. When powered by biomethane, this vehicle offers a zero-petroleum solution, silent and particularly energy efficient.
Further advantages derive from the fact that it does not require any additional tank since it is the CNG tanks of the chassis that feeds the refrigeration unit. This truck, therefore, requires only one fluid, saving time and maximizing ease of use.
For the trailer part, Perrenot chose, for its environmental consistency, to combine LNG traction with nitrogen technology for cooling – an autonomous technology, silent and without any polluting emissions in operation.
We are proud to be among the first to massively adopt this new technology. Our ambition is to reach the goal of exceeding 1 000 CNG vehicles in our park before the end of 2020. After the strong development of the food sector, we now have strong expectations in the construction sector. With the arrival of the first Stralis X-Way NP, IVECO is once again in line with our expectations and will allow us to push back the limits of sustainable transport, said Philippe Givone.
Demand for LNG is growing rapidly in Europe as the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has identified LNG as the best applicable solution for long-distance haulage in the short term and for the next 10 to 15 years.
By operating on natural gas of fossil origin, CO2 emissions of Stralis NP are up to 10 percent lower than its diesel equivalent, depending on the mission and composition of the gas – and up to 95 percent lower by using biomethane.
According to IVECO, with its natural gas technology, particulate levels are negligible and NOx emissions are 60 percent lower than the Euro VI limits on long-haul missions. The truck is also much quieter, with noise levels being reduced by about 50 percent, improving deliveries in urban areas.
IVECO was the first manufacturer in the world of transportation to look at the potential of natural gas in 1991 – an anticipation that allowed the company to develop a full range of natural gas trucks, vans, and buses. Currently, more than 23 000 IVECO gas powered vehicles are in operation.
Transport Jacky Perrenot demonstrates the potential of natural gas and biomethane as an immediate alternative for freight transport. Transports Jacky Perrenot has been a pioneer in this field and has trusted us for many years, ended Pierre Lahutte.