The company recently teamed up with SMET – the forward-thinking European logistics company – to test the integration of two highly profitable green solutions, with an 18-meter-long articulated combination driven by an LNG-powered Stralis. The results exceeded expectations: the solution delivered significant advantages compared with the traditional diesel offer, both in terms of the total cost of ownership and environmental impact.
Working in conjunction with SMET, Iveco had the opportunity to conduct a field-trial – on real missions – to evaluate the reduction in the average cost per unit for goods transported. Together, the two companies tested the compatibility of 18-meter-long articulated trucks on the road infrastructure and their parking maneuverability; the trial also highlighted the reduction in fuel consumption per unit for transported goods and, consequently, in CO2 emissions.
Authorized in July 2008 by the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Progetto DICIOTTO (which means “Project Eighteen”) was launched by the ANFIA (Italian Automotive Industry Association) in Italy to test the impact on transport efficiency of increasing the length of articulated trucks to 18 meter from the current standard length of 16.5 meters. The results achieved by this project in Italy have improved transport efficiency by almost 10% on trial vehicles.
Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, said: “Iveco and SMET’s decision to field-test an 18- meter-long LNG Stralis has definitely proven to be a winning combination and reaffirms Iveco’s commitment and role in increasing sustainable mobility.”