IVECO supplied five Stralis NP trucks to VERBIO Logistik GmbH, which will run the new vehicles on biomethane generated from straw, taking a significant step towards CO2 neutral transport in heavy goods vehicles. This supply also marks an important milestone for IVECO: the 1,000th Stralis NP delivered. “VERBIO is a key customer for us in the area of alternative traction with natural gas, because their fuel comes from a renewable source. Their choice of the Stralis NP clearly shows that, with biogas, heavy transport can be carbon-neutral and profitable today,” said Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President.
In view of the use it has planned for the new IVECO Stralis NP, VERBIO has selected the 400 hp mono-fuel CNG version. With two fuel tanks containing 920 liter of CNG or biomethane, this version has a range up to 570 km. Moreover, the trucks have been equipped with high-performance hydraulics that make it possible to seamlessly integrate them into an existing trailer fleet with moving floor technology.
The IVECO Stralis NP will be fueled by biomethane produced at VERBIO’s own plant in Schwedt, achieving a 90% reduction in CO2, as well as a significant decrease in particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions compared to conventional diesel trucks. With these vehicles, VERBIO is launching Germany’s first CO2 neutral heavy transport fleet. Moreover, the trucks have the double advantage of their excellent environmental performance together with extremely quiet operation, as their noise level is 50% lower than their diesel counterparts, both while driving and in power take-off mode.
“The IVECO Stralis CNG trucks are a logical and up-to-date expansion of our vehicle fleet. This fleet of around 80 trucks already includes 12 dual-fuel trucks, which are powered by diesel and CNG/biomethane. The mono-fuel CNG/biomethane traction of the five new IVECO vehicles enables even greater CO2 and cost efficiency. With the 400 hp Stralis NP model, IVECO is providing a powerful machine that meets our requirements for heavy bulk goods transport not just in terms of climate protection, but also with regard to feasibility and profitability,” said Bernd Sauter, COO of Procurement & Logistics at VERBIO.