IVECO lent its support to Wandsworth Council for London New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) through the capital, helping to ensure the borough’s sustainable float had the minimum environmental impact as it drove the route before a crowd of more than 500,000 people and a televised worldwide audience of millions. A team from Wandsworth Council approached IVECO with a request to borrow a Stralis NP 460 to pull its float through central London – supporting its key objective for the next decade to become more sustainable and achieve carbon neutral status by 2030.
“We wanted to make every effort to ensure our float was sustainable and only contained materials that had been recycled, reused or repurposed – from the centerpiece LOVE letters to the banners and the carpeted flooring. Being able to power it on 100 per cent natural gas made a massive contribution and provided a really positive start to our work in Wandsworth in 2020 to fight climate change,” said the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Jane Cooper.
Gareth Lumsdaine, IVECO’s Business Line Director Truck, also commented: “We were delighted to be asked to team up with Wandsworth Council – they recognized the Stralis NP as being the most sustainable heavy truck on the road today, and naturally it proved to be the perfect fit with their theme for the event. It was a fantastic way to kick-off the new decade, and reinforced IVECO’s position in the market as the ultimate partner for sustainable mobility.”
Jonathan Price, Managing Director of Absolute Events, was tasked with driving the Stralis NP 460 for the parade. Speaking after the event, he said: “It was a dream to drive; much quieter than a diesel and more than capable of doing the job. An all-round success!”
The Stralis NP 460 is the most sustainable heavy truck for 44-tonne operation and is the only three-axle tractor unit to operate on 100 per cent LNG. It brings together more than 20 years development of natural gas technology – packaged into a 6×2 heavy truck which delivers a true competitive advantage for UK fleets on both regional and long-distance missions. It runs exclusively on LNG from tanks mounted either side of the chassis and is perfect for applications where vehicles operate on a ‘same-day out and back’ operation.
Power comes from a 12.9 liter IVECO Cursor 13 NP single-fuel engine, offering the perfect blend of power and performance for the majority of UK-based applications. It also features IVECO’s 12-speed Hi-Tronix automated transmission, plus key innovations including GPS-based Hi-Cruise predictive cruise control and gear-shifting.
The Stralis NP maximizes the environmental advantages of natural gas, regarded as the most eco-friendly fuel for internal combustion engines. It delivers a 99% reduction of PM and 90% in NO2 compared to Euro VI limits, helping to significantly improve air quality. It also offers fleets the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 95% when running on bio-LNG.