Iveco’s Stralis NP (natural power) will be appearing at next month’s Freight in the City Expo in London.

Launched this summer, the Stralis NP is Europe’s first long-haul gas-powered truck and one which the manufacturer believes will take natural gas out of a ‘niche’ segment and into the mainstream.

Iveco has been building gas trucks for 20 years, but said the NP, which is powered by the Cursor 9 and runs on LPG or CNG, is the first genuine long-haul proposition.

Twin 540-litre CNG tanks, or eight 115-litre LNG tanks (or a combination of both), give the 4x2 tractor a range of up to 1,500km. Meanwhile, diesel-like performance (400hp/1,700Nm), and an AS-Tronic 12-speed automatic transmission, will appeal to drivers.

Martin Flach, Iveco product director, said: “We have broken down the boundaries that made natural gas a ‘niche’ segment, so we felt it was the perfect opportunity to bring our New Stralis NP to Freight in the City for the first time.

“Indeed, gas now offers the widest range of opportunities to replace diesel in the commercial vehicle market – it’s no longer a fuel of tomorrow, it’s a fuel of today.”

He added that with Iveco’s NP technology, operators will see the benefit of a simplified after-treatment system, meaning there’s no need for EGR, SCR, AdBlue or particulate filters.

“Plus the reduced cost of natural gas versus diesel translates directly into a lower total cost of ownership. The driving experience is also now on a par with flagship diesel models,” said Flach.

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

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

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