From north to south of the continent, more and more companies are choosing LNG for their vehicles, betting not only on caring for the environment, but also on reducing operating costs. The latter, without resigning productivity.
In this regard, IVECO continues to move and works every day to offer innovative answers for sustainable and profitable transport, drawing on more than 25 years of global experience in research and development on alternative fuels.
Reinaldo Rossoni, Commercial Director of IVECO for Latin America, highlighted the reliability of LNG technology, fully validated by the European company that since 1996 has manufactured more than 45,000 vehicles of its type, with more than a billion kilometers traveled.
“Customers can be sure that they are acquiring a high performance product. To take care of the environment, we do not have to give up power or profitability, but rather the technology we use in our vehicles allows us to offer the same performance as a diesel unit, lowering operating costs and, therefore, providing greater profitability for carriers,” Rossoni added.
In Chile, -one of the main markets in the Latin American region and with the highest growth in the last year- Andes Motor joined as a new strategic partner of the firm in 2022. Through them, 15 S-Way LNG trucks were delivered to Grupo San Gabriel, a carrier that has the largest IVECO LNG fleet in Latin America. These vehicles joined the 35 LNG-powered Stralis that the company has owned since 2022.
These vehicles will be used, among other jobs, to transport Nestlé products -a multinational food and beverage company with great global recognition-, and part of them will be driven entirely by women who were trained by Grupo San Gabriel through its “Woman, drive your future” program.
“Introducing the first LNG-powered S-Ways to the Latin American market represents a very important milestone. It is part of the innovation that IVECO and Andes Motor are pursuing and that, in this case, materializes in the introduction of new combustion alternatives,” said Carlos Niebirt, Truck Assistant Manager for IVECO in Chile.
The LNG-powered S-Way is the first truck on the market to use natural gas as fuel and was specifically designed for long-distance international transport, so much so that today it holds the world record for autonomy for a LNG vehicle, achieving a 1,728 km traveled on a single charge.
Moreover, Luis Izquierdo Casamayor, General Manager of Andes Motor expressed: “We are proud to have Grupo San Gabriel among our main clients. A company with more than 35 years of experience that, in addition to its strong commitment to cargo transportation, reinforces its commitment to quality, care for the environment, and inclusion with daily actions.”
A large part of the new S-Way LNG were acquired by Grupo San Gabriel through an operation with IVECO Capital, the financial arm of the group that assists customers in the purchase of vehicles with credits and specific services according to each need.