IVECO presented the latest developments in its action plan to support the use of natural gas in the transport sector in Japan. The event, held on May 8 at the Nippon Press Centre in Tokyo, was attended by Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President; Takao Kashiwagi, Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Chairman of the LNG Expert Committee; Hiroaki Matsuoka, President of Fuji Transport Corporation; Mariarosa Baroni, President and CEO of NGV Italy, and Jean-Claude Girot, President of the French Natural Gas Vehicles Association (NGV France) and General Commissary of the Paris Motor Show, as well as distinguished guests from government, media and the transport sector.
IVECO’s plan of action comes on the back of the Memorandum of Cooperation that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan signed with the European Commission last year for the development of advanced technologies for the use of LNG powertrains in road and maritime transport.
The brand announced the public launch of the Stralis NP 400, the first heavy-duty natural gas vehicle ready for sale on the Japanese market. Also commercially available is the new Daily Blue Power range, “International Van of the Year 2018”, in its Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power and Daily Minibus Natural Power versions, the first CNG vehicles with an 8-speed automatic gearbox – the perfect combination of low emission fuel and drivability for urban areas with the class-exclusive Hi-Matic transmission.
In addition, IVECO announced the signing of an agreement with Fuji Transport for the sale of the first LNG truck in Japan, an IVECO Stralis NP 400 running on LNG only. Fuji Transport will use the vehicle on the Tokyo-Osaka route as well as in its operations for selected customers that include the Japan Postal Service, and will monitor and analyze the performance of the Stralis with its telematics and GPS systems.
By demonstrating in real transport conditions the practicality and benefits of natural gas in transport, the vehicles will play a key role in the brand’s plans to support the transition to this sustainable energy source in Japan. The two new ranges made their public debut at the Japan Truck Show in Yokohama.