IVECO announced that it is expanding its test drive program for Argentine clients with the aim of offering the opportunity to test CNG trucks or utility vehicles from the “Natural Power” range on the road. On this occasion, Santa Fe-based Domingo Bisio, possessing a 100% IVECO fleet and a history of 93 years, had the opportunity to trial an IVECO Stralis Hi-Road powered by CNG for its daily trips.
“We did a 15-day test with Ternium, one of our main clients. The route with loading of steel coils started at its Ramallo plant, passed through the Ensenada plant and then went to Canning, returning empty to the point of origin. The CNG Stralis Hi-Road made the trip accompanied by a truck of similar characteristics powered by diesel in order to compare fuel consumption and road performance. We are still analyzing the preliminary results, but we can say that the experience was fully satisfactory. It really saves on the cost of fuel,” said Juan I. Bisio, General Manager of the logistics company.
The firm chose to develop its tests with Ternium, one of the most important steel production companies in Argentina, with shipments of more than 2.1 million tons per year. “It is essential for us to be able to have suppliers that apply technologies to improve transportation and be increasingly sustainable. At Ternium we are working hard on decarbonizing our processes, so reducing the impact of our logistics contributes to achieving this shared goal,” commented Juan Iocco, Director of Supply Chain of Ternium in Argentina.
Domingo Bisio has been in the cargo transport business for four generations and operates both on national and international routes. “The idea of testing a CNG truck is to think about the future by analyzing the tools that exist today. The evolution of fuels based on renewable energies is very great and we see it as a great opportunity,” added Bisio.
The truck tested by the carrier is powered by a 330 HP FPT Industrial Cursor 8 engine with 1,300 Nm of torque powered by natural gas, with a capacity of up to 720 liters. The vehicle has a gaseous emission reduction of -10% in CO2 emissions and up to -95% using biomethane. These features make it the ideal choice for night operations and in urban areas.
Source: IVECO Argentina