IVECO will support the German supermarket chain EDEKA Minden-Hannover with the supply of a total 700 IVECO S-WAY LNG trucks to convert the entire company fleet from diesel to LNG propulsion by 2025. On its path to a sustainable supply chain, EDEKA has already placed orders for the first 275 IVECO S-WAY LNG trucks in 2022 and 2023, which will join the 80 LNG-powered IVECO vehicles operating in its fleet leveraging its first bio-LNG station on the premises of the EDEKA logistics center in Lauenau, Germany.
“By 2025, we want to convert our entire truck fleet – about 700 vehicles – to IVECO LNG trucks and run 100% on bio-LNG,” said Mark Rosenkranz, spokesman for the board of EDEKA Minden-Hannover.
“Our truck fleet is the backbone of all our logistics operations and thus the backbone of food supply in our distribution area. The switch to bio-LNG is a key lever in reducing our CO2 footprint. This is of paramount importance because our vehicles travel a lot and often through highly congested inner cities. By using bio-LNG, we are helping to significantly improve urban emission levels. In addition, the gas-powered trucks are much quieter than the traditional diesel vehicles,” he added
Giandomenico Fioretti, Head of Alternative Propulsion at IVECO Truck Business Unit, commented: “Bio-LNG is the only scalable renewable fuel today. With our IVECO S-WAY LNG trucks emission-free road freight transport is a reality now for EDEKA Minden-Hannover, thanks to the advanced technology of our vehicles which contribute to lowering CO2 emissions and noise pollution. Their plan to replace their entire fleet of 700 vehicles with our LNG trucks is also a clear vote of confidence in the natural gas expertise of the IVECO brand.”
Of the 275 vehicles ordered in 2022 and 2023, 220 are IVECO S-Way LNG 3-axle chassis (AS260S46Y/FS-CM 1LNG) with refrigerated box body. They feature a fully air-suspended 6×2 standard chassis with a technically permissible gross weight of 26 tons, an Active Space large-capacity cab, a liftable and steerable third axle, and a 460 hp Cursor 13 gas engine compliant with Euro VI Step E standards. A 540-liter LNG tank fitted on the left-hand side can hold at least 195 kilograms of bio-LNG, enabling a range of up to 800 kilometers.
The remaining 55 trucks ordered are IVECO S-Way LNG tractor units (55 AS440S46TP 1LNG). These 4×2 vehicles only differ from the chassis units in their technically permissible gross vehicle weight of 44 tons, with engine and gas tank dimensioned accordingly.
With the IVECO S-Way LNG trucks, EDEKA Minden-Hannover can significantly reduce nitrogen dioxide and soot emissions and cut CO2 emissions of average 95% depending on feedstocks compared to the diesel trucks they replaced in its fleet. In addition to low consumption, EDEKA’s IVECO LNG vehicles also have the low-noise advantage of a natural gas engine and are therefore perfect for environmental and traffic-calmed zones and night deliveries to the stores.
The greenhouse gas savings potential is enormous: in a test run, EDEKA Minden-Hannover was able to refuel three IVECO S-Way LNG with 20,583 kilograms of pure bio-LNG. This alone reduced the CO2 footprint of the cooperatively organized group of companies by 81 tons on a well-to-wheel basis, approximately 84% of CO2 emissions reduction compared to diesel.