German haulier Meyer Logistik received the first of 20 Iveco Stralis NPs at the IAA Show in Hannover.

The Friedrichsdorf-based company, will use the natural gas-powered trucks to move fresh food products in the Berlin area.

The vehicles have been partly funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

This has enabled Meyer Logistik to also co-ordinate the construction of a  public LNG filling station on the east side of the Berliner Ring orbital motorway.

Rainer Bomba, state secretary of BMVI - which contributed €360,000 (£310,945) to the project – described the deal as “an important contribution in the field of new and clean drives for heavy trucks and LNG as a fuel source in Germany”.

Meyer Logistik MD,  Matthias Strehl, said the use of alternatve fuels was “an important building block in ensuring our future business success”.

He added: “Working as a development partner in the commercial vehicle industry, we regularly subject innovative drive concepts to practical tests, with the aim of finding a real alternative to diesel-powered trucks together with our partners."

Iveco brand president Pierre Lahutte added that the Stralis NP “not only produces cleaner emissions, but is also extremely quiet. This makes the vehicle suitable for urban use and calms residents' concerns about noise”.