BMW Group chooses Stralis NP to test LNG technology for its logistics

German car manufacturer BMW Group has completed a pilot project in collaboration with IVECO to test LNG-powered trucks for their logistics operations using an IVECO Stralis NP vehicle designed for long-haul transport.

Leading companies operating at international level are increasingly turning to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to reduce the environmental impact of their logistics operations with no compromise on efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

IVECO has pioneered natural gas technology for two decades, seeing it as the mature, reasonable and viable solution for sustainable transport. As a result, it is the only manufacturer that offers a full range of Natural Power models and the only true natural gas long haulage truck, the Stralis NP.

IVECO has run a pilot project in collaboration with BMW Group to test an LNG-powered truck for the German car manufacturer’s logistics operations using an IVECO Stralis NP, the first natural gas truck designed for long-haul transport in the industry. IVECO has now launched a further range, the Stralis NP 460, which features the latest-generation automated transmission designed for the most demanding long-distance missions and has already been crowned Low Carbon Truck of the Year in the UK. Available in Low Tractor version, it is the ideal vehicle for heavy goods long-haulage missions.

The test revealed that the IVECO Stralis NP 400 truck powered by LNG was able to compete with ease the 530 km round trip between Steyr and Regensburg with one tank. This is the alternative fuel that delivers the best autonomy in heavy goods transport: with electric traction, for example, the 530 km round trip would require recharging several times.

Dr. Thomas Irrenhauser, who supervised the trouble-free pilot operation on behalf of BMW within the framework of the project “Innovation and Industry 4.0”, sees LNG as a “reasonable, sustainable alternative to conventional diesel” in the long term. In direct comparison, emissions of nitrogen oxide are up to 60 percent lower, and noise levels during operation are up to 50 percent lower. Particulate matter emissions are negligible.