Iveco gas vans are natural choice for TNT Express 10 December 2012

Iveco and TNT Express have signed a contract for the delivery of 115 Daily natural powered vehicles by 2013 for TNT's Italian operations.

The methane gas-powered vehicles will be used by TNT for its express courier activities in Rome and central Italy.

The natural power Daily delivers the same performance, power and torque as its diesel counterpart, while providing for an estimated fuel cost reduction of 40%.

The vehicle also cuts CO2 emissions by 5—8%, helping to reach the Euro 6 power legislation. And noise is also five decibels lower than the diesel version, which results in 75% less apparent noise. Also, a 'recovery mode' means the van can switch its power source to gas, allowing drivers to continue their journey should the methane run out.

Interestingly, a new generation ESP (electronic stability program – with anti-lock braking, automated system recovery and hill holder technologies) on the van allows its payload to increase by 90kg over the diesel equivalent

Meanwhile, the collective emission reduction for this TNT fleet amounts to 370 tonnes of CO2 per year – in line with TNT's corporate sustainability policies, according to TNT Express Italy CEO Uffe Ekstedt.

"Iveco and TNT have experienced the successful testing of the European Citylog Project, which is concerned with sustainable mobility in delivery transport practices," states Ekstedt.

"This commercial accord represents an additional demonstration of a common commitment to the environment and technological innovation," he continues.

"Methane is the best short and mid-term solution for the reduction of harmful emissions and is an effective alternative with regard to the high costs of fuel and transport," he adds.

John Challen

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