IVECO announced the launch of its plan of action to support the development of the natural gas transport market in Japan. This announcement comes on the back of the Memorandum of Cooperation signed by the European Commission and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan in July, which recognizes the increase in LNG demand and considers forms of cooperation that include the development of advanced technologies for the use of LNG powertrains in road and maritime transport.
The first step in IVECO’s plan is the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with transport and logistics operator Ryobi Holdings, which opens discussions on a cooperation for the supply of IVECO trucks and buses. In addition to providing vehicles, IVECO will supply its chassis, technologies and engineering support, for Ryobi Holdings to assemble with the bodies it will manufacture. The cooperation will also include after-sales support and technical assistance, to be provided by Ryobi Holdings.
This first agreement kicks off IVECO’s overall strategy, which adopts a holistic approach to extend to the full natural gas supply chain. The brand also aims to set up further partnerships with natural gas suppliers and transporters so that, as the natural gas transport vehicle market develops, the necessary infrastructure is in place to support it.
IVECO anticipated several recommendations made by the 2016 G20 action plan to enhance energy access in Asia and the Pacific. Also the European Commission communication “European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility” recognize the significant role that natural gas can play in the transition towards a low greenhouse gas emission energy future – with the latter going further and identifying this fuel as the most sustainable and immediately available solution.