IVECO, a pioneer in the development of natural gas for use in road transport, attended Motortec Automechanika. The Head of Gas Business Development of IVECO José María Chamizo participated in the round table “Challenges of the workshop (the spare part and the fleet) in the medium and long term: alternative propulsion fuels, autonomous driving and new technologies for transport management (from the long distance to the last mile),” in which the future of long-distance transport was analyzed.
He highlighted the advantages offered by industrial and commercial vehicles that use natural gas, compared to other alternative fuels, for their viability and competitiveness. “Natural gas is growing and will continue to grow, ten years ago when there were only five LNG stations in Spain, it was difficult to be an entrepreneur, now that has changed,” he said.
CNG and LNG were identified as the best alternative fuels today in both urban freight transport and international transport. “You can travel long distances thanks to the use of LNG. Our IVECO Stralis NP 460 Pure Power can reach 1,600 kilometers without refueling and travel to a country like Germany. If you cannot complete this distance, it’s no use having an alternative energy vehicle,” explained Chamizo.
He also spoke about the future of long-distance transport in a five-year time horizon and predicted the growth of the use of natural gas, increasingly demanded by transporters and that affects the growth of NGV refueling network. “The oil companies are working more and more with natural gas and its use is going to grow exponentially, it is not something that responds only to the demand of the carriers, but it is a cleaner and more sustainable fuel. The customer that buys an NGV has the same technological guarantees as one that acquires a diesel one,” he added.
“The situation is changing and natural gas is growing because motivations do so, and we are giving responses to customers. We are evolving towards a more sustainable fleet because there is a truck that allows it, there are more and more stations to refuel and in the end it is advantageous for the carrier,” concluded Chamizo.