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Imperial switch to natural gas power with Iveco Stralis NP

Logistics company Imperial has switched to Iveco Natural Power to help BMW Group improve sustainability in its logistics operations.

Just-in-time parts distribution specialists Imperial has added 18 new Iveco Stralis Natural Power trucks to its fleet, powered by sustainably produced Liquified Natural Gas (Bio-LNG).

Ordered specifically for a contract with BMW Group, the new vehicles are based out of a satellite transport office that Imperial operates on the Unipart campus at the Mini Plant Oxford in Cowley, Oxfordshire. 

The decision to make the switch to natural gas comes as part of BMW Group’s wider efforts to improve sustainability throughout all areas of the company, which includes its supply chain and logistics operations. 

The 18 AS440S46TX/P LNG Iveco Stralis NP 460 tractors are expected to cover around 3.3 million kilometres every year collectively which Imperial estimates will remove over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 from its annual emissions.

Extensive training scheme put in place 

The trucks will run 24 hours a day, with multiple shift drivers operating them, so an extensive training scheme has been put in place during the 10 days preceding the vehicles going on the road. 

Delivered on-site by Roadgas personnel, all drivers and site staff that would be fuelling vehicles were fully trained in how to safely operate the gas refuelling equipment.

Iveco NP heavy trucks are unique in the marketplace for being the only factory-built 6×2 tractors to run solely on natural gas. 

The 12.9-litre CURSOR 13 offers a diesel-equivalent 460hp and 2,000Nm of torque across a wide powerband, ensuring that with the 12-speed HI-TRONIX automated gearbox with predictive mapping, there is no compromise to vehicle performance or driver enjoyment. 

Minimising environmental impact

The trucks run exceptionally quietly at 71dB, further minimising Imperial’s and the manufacturing plant’s environmental impact by halving engine noise pollution.

For maximum efficiency, the vehicles are all fitted with truck-specific navigation and GPS tracking. 

Iveco’s in-house connectivity system monitors and feeds back fuel economy data as well as driving style analysis with training recommendations.

The vehicles will be maintained by local Iveco workshop, M & M Commercials via a six-year connected 3XL R&M package offering Imperial peace of mind as the proactive systems constantly monitor the vehicles to boost uptime. 

Iveco natural gas heavy trucks

Iveco natural gas heavy trucks also offer industry-leading oil change intervals of up to 56,000 miles. 

Mark Miles, the managing director of Imperial UK, said: “At Imperial, we don’t just focus on our profitability; our people and the environment are a very important consideration. 

“We consider it our duty as a responsible and caring member of the global business community to adopt environmental best practice whenever possible in the course of our daily activity, and so the opportunity to reduce our UK haulage operation’s environmental impact was compelling.”

He added: “We’re delighted to be working with our customers as part of a joint effort to improve sustainability in logistics, reconciling business efficiency with environmental protection.”

Iveco’s heavy business-line director, Gareth Lumsdaine, said “It’s great to see that Iveco Natural Power trucks are having a powerful impact beyond their own road-haulage work. 

“Not only are our products allowing transport operators to significantly reduce their environmental impact but are allowing partnerships with pioneering businesses to make a meaningful green change back down the line.”

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