IVECO has been one of the main protagonists of the VII Gasnam Congress, where it consolidated its vision on how to achieve a sustainable road transport and analyzed the advantages and benefits that natural gas offers. Ruggero Mughini, director of the IVECO brand for Spain and Portugal, was one of the main actors of the round table “Solution for eco-efficient transport.”
“Road transport powered by CNG and LNG is a reality thanks to the wide range of products we have available, capable of adapting to any type of mission, as well as to our large distribution and after-sales network. Thanks to the range of our trucks, which can reach up to 1,600 km without refueling, you can reach any service station, so the range is not a problem. The natural gas network is growing, not only in Spain but in all Europe. In addition, profitability is clearly very important for the client, along with sustainability. IVECO currently offers NGVs, equivalent to diesel vehicles, with the same benefits but with a higher profitability. Natural gas is the future, but also the present,” said Mughini.
Mercedes Gómez, general director of Road Transport of the Ministry of Development, commented: “Natural gas can and should play an important role as a source of energy for transport, because it is an immediate solution, which is already available and can contribute to carry out this necessary progressive transition, to boost the transition. Within road transport, natural gas is competitive in terms of costs, in niches such as urban fleets powered by CNG, and for long-distance heavy transport powered by LNG. In addition, it is essentially relevant the role that natural gas can play in urban environments, since it improves air quality of cities, in scenarios with access restrictions due to pollution.”
Jose Luis Pérez Souto, Road Vice President of GASNAM and Head of Product and Engineering Development, Truck and Bus Innovation & Alternative Fuels of IVECO Spain, added: “The evolution of the market is positive but we still have pending tasks to carry out, and we are working on it, such as the certification of origin of renewable natural gas, with the aim of converting R&D projects underway into competitive permanent facilities and, on the other hand, progressively increasing infrastructures in CNG and LNG stations. We must be clear that when we talk about medium and long distances for road transport, the only viable, mature, and economic alternative that exists today is natural gas.”
IVECO is a pioneer in the use and development of natural gas in road transport and is committed to this type of clean fuel as the only real and available alternative for long distance and passenger transport in all Europe, mainly in Spain, where registration of natural gas vehicles exceeded 5,700 units in 2018, 146% more than the previous year.
In this highly positive scenario for sustainable mobility, where more and more fleets add vehicles powered by natural gas, AltFuels Iberia 2019 will take place on 11-14 June at IFEMA Trade Center, Madrid. It will be an event consisting of first level conferences and exhibition of vehicles of all kinds, refueling stations, components, plants, road and marine engines, as well as the entire universe of the alternative fuels industry with the latest technological developments, multiple options for networking, business and new advances. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.