As times – and the climate – are changing, the truck sector continues its journey towards sustainable mobility.
While electrification is suited for short missions due to the limited power range of batteries, the longest distance that electric trucks can travel before recharging is around 400km (250 miles). By contrast, biomethane-powered trucks have a range of 1,600km (nearly 1,000 miles) before needing to refuel.
The fuel-efficiency of biofuel engines makes them an obvious economical choice for customers, while the positive impact on air quality also makes them a legitimately sustainable option. Customers seeking to improve the sustainability of their entire supply chain, including transport and logistics, are increasingly asking for biomethane-fuelled fleets.
For CNH Industrial, this is a welcome development, as the company has been developing liquefied natural gas and Bio-LNG powered vehicles as an alternative to diesel for two decades, with a particular focus on heavy-duty long-distance trucks. In the last 25 years, CNH Industrial’s brand IVECO has seen an increase in natural gas vehicle sales from zero to more than 40,000. All these vehicles are already compatible with biomethane, with a 95% reduction of CO2 emissions. The IVECO S-WAY NP460 natural gas truck is a perfect example of this trend. The company is now aiming for 25 percent of its product portfolio to be powered by biogas and LNG as part of its 2024 Sustainability Targets.
The role of biomethane as a renewable fuel, particularly well suited for road transport, is evident and is a key instrument in the transitional phase towards zero emissions. CNH Industrial’s continued investment in developing biofuel-compatible vehicles reaffirms the company’s commitment to support the EU’s Green Deal ambitions.