Waberer’s, Shell and DanubeTruck Ltd (IVECO’s sole distributor in Hungary) have concluded a successful natural gas vehicle test series in FTL (full truckload) transportation during two months. Due to the excellent operation data and environmental impact assessments, Waberer’s is willing to expand its 4,400 fleet with LNG and CNG powered IVECO trucks as soon as 2019. The company expects that natural gas engines will play an increasingly significant role in transportation in upcoming years.
“Natural gas fueled vehicles present a strong alternative in road transportation, as these engines run with significantly lower emission and noise pollution rates and are also suitable for long-distance transportation. This was particularly important for us as we are continuously exploring opportunities to reduce the ecological footprint of our activities. According to test results, operational costs might be lower as well. The growing number of natural gas filling stations on Europe’s roads is a great support to this trend,” said Ferenc Lajkó, CEO of Waberer’s.
“LNG stands today as the best alternative fuel in long haul missions. With our advanced Natural Power technology and Stralis NP range, this alternative traction is a reality today. We are very pleased to see that Waberer’s follows its clear sustainability goals without compromising performance and recognizes the benefits that our Stralis NP can bring to its operation,” commented Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President.
“We are a proud member of IVECO family. As sole distributor in Hungary, we are happy to participate in the project of testing and later hopefully delivering state-of-the-art NG products to the largest transportation company in the region. Waberer’s domestic and international business units in our understanding would largely benefit from operating these LNG and CNG Stralis trucks and CNG Daily,” said Zoltán Zákány, executive director of DanubeTruck Ltd.
“LNG will be part of the future energy mix as it brings cleaner and cheaper alternative to diesel. Such a long term partnership with Waberer’s and IVECO can help prove the concept and support further LNG retail network growth across Europe,” added Lajos Veér, Sales Manager for Shell Fuel Cards in Hungary and Romania.