Iveco has announced that its stand at the upcoming IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover will be 100 per cent diesel free.
Iveco says that it will stage the display in collaboration with Shell displaying alternative electric, CNG and LNG vehicles that are available on the market today, covering applications ranging from passenger transport to long-distance haulage.The IAA in Hanover will run from 20 to 27 September and is considered the world’s boggest commercial vehicle expo and is staged biennially in the German city.
Iveco says its stand at this year’s event will be a ‘low emission area’ focusing on its expertise in alternative fuels and drivetrain technologies.
The company says it will partner with Shell which shares the belief that de-carbonisation of the transport sector requires a range of fuels and technologies.
Shell and Iveco will hold a round table discussion on “The energy transition towards a sustainable future” and will also host a series of workshops exploring several topics relating to the adoption of alternative technologies in the transport sector.
Iveco Brand President, Pierre Lahutte says that the pressure on Diesel is mounting and public opinion has turned against it.
“EU institutions and national governments are introducing policies and subsidies to support the conversion of fleets to environmentally friendly technologies,” said Lahutte.
“Visitors to the IAA exhibition will discover a stand full of alternative traction vehicles, developed with customers and body builder partners, covering every mission – and not a single diesel engine in sight,” he added.
Iveco says its display will show its approach to sustainable transport, with an energy mix that matches the requirements of the different applications.
It sees electric propulsion as having an important role to play, especially in high-value missions such as people transport – particularly in low speed missions in city centres.
Iveco says the other key energy source is natural gas, which provides a mature solution for sustainable transport of people and goods. The company will highlight the considerable environmental advantage of natural gas, which is able to deliver massive reductions in the most polluting emissions: in excess of 90 per cent for NO2, 99 per cent for particulate matter, 10 per cent for natural gas which rises as high as 95 per cent with biomethane.
Iveco Australia Marketing Manager Darren Swenson, said that there was an increasing interest in alternative fuels and powertrains in Australia.
“Our local market is following a global trend that is seeing growing awareness about diesel fuel alternatives for commercial vehicle applications,” he said.
“As a native fuel, LNG and CNG makes a lot of sense in Australia. Iveco is a market leader in natural gas so will be in an excellent position to introduce a breadth of models when the time is right in the local market.
“The company has also recently made strong gains in electric vehicle technology and is well-placed on this front as well. Events such as IAA present an excellent opportunity for our brand to showcase its technologies.”