IVECO and Shell are about to start their “ON THE ROAD TO NET-ZERO EMISSIONS” bio-LNG tour, a 10-day long-haul journey across Europe on board an IVECO S-Way truck powered by bio-LNG. The tour will start at the Mittenwalde Shell station in Berlin and will stop at five landmarks of the bio-LNG ecosystem on the route that will touch Germany, the Netherlands and Italy. The Iveco S-Way’s goal is to complete the tour achieving net-zero emissions while delivering an efficient performance.
Each stage will provide the opportunity to bring together industry leaders and end-users involved in the bio-LNG value chain – from production to distribution and utilization – for discussions on the use of this biofuel to profitably decarbonize road freight transport.
The joint project will showcase how strategic cooperation and policy leadership are driving the adoption of biomethane in the European fleet market with the aim of raising awareness of the decarbonization potential of bio-LNG for long-haul transport. In fact, carrying roughly 73.1% of all freight transported over land in the European Union, the transport industry is currently responsible for around 9% of total EU CO2 emissions.
“We strongly believe that a multi-energy approach is the best solution for the propulsion of tomorrow and to pursue the decarbonization challenge of the transport industry,” said Giandomenico Fioretti, Iveco Head of Alternative Propulsion Business Development. “We continue to invest in bio-LNG-powered trucks, as bio-LNG has proven to be the one mature technology immediately available to provide an operationally and financially viable green alternative to diesel, with no compromise in terms of engine power, range, payload, or refueling time.”
“We aim to position bio-LNG as a growing energy source in the European transport market. Together, we will contribute to the industry’s transition towards a net-zero-carbon future,” he added.
In addition to long-haul mission, the quiet operation of the engines in Iveco natural gas trucks, compared to conventional internal combustion engines, makes these vehicles particularly well-suited to urban applications and night-time deliveries, while enhancing driver comfort. The compatibility of bio-LNG with the existing LNG infrastructure, which counts 668 stations across the EU, makes it a ready-to-use drop-in fuel for LNG trucks without the need for equipment modifications or new investment. With an extensive network of LNG stations across the EU, which include 100% bio-LNG options, fleets can readily access this fuel without upfront costs.
As the bio-LNG market is fast-developing, IVECO, and Shell, are leveraging on their respective leadership position, their extensive presence and know-how in the sector to drive the bio-LNG market up to a further growth. Through collaboration with transport companies and stakeholders, the two companies are actively identifying and collaborating on profitable and viable pathways to decarbonize the heavy-duty road transport sector.