Three gas-powered green vehicles that will carry graffiti-removing equipment have been supplied to Veolia, the UK’s largest waste management company.
IVECO is responsible for the Daily Natural Power vehicles, which were selected for their ultra-clean engines as part of a new contract with the London borough of Camden.
The light commercial vans run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and were supplied by IVECO dealer Northern Commercials, which is based in Dunstable. The vans feature purpose-built spark ignition engines, which deliver performance comparable to a diesel in terms of power, torque and response. They produce 12 per cent less nitrogen oxide emissions, 76 per cent less particulate matter and up to 95 per cent less CO2 emissions using bio-methane.
The vehicles, which will carry specialist equipment for removing graffiti, are approximately 50 per cent quieter than their diesel equivalents. They will refuel from Veolia’s new CNG refuelling station at its Alperton depot which services all the CNG vehicles in the Camden fleet.
IVECO has more than two decades of experience in the commercial vehicle natural gas market, with more than 23,000 gas-powered vans, trucks and buses sold to date.
Andrew Hope, fleet development manager at Veolia, said: “Emissions reduction was a critical factor in Veolia’s decision making for this vehicle so the availability of a cost-effective CNG engine made the Daily our first choice when specifying the panel van. The team at Northern Commercials were great to work with and IVECO built the vehicles within the required time frame.”
The Daily Natural Power engine doesn’t need a particulate filter or exhaust gas recirculation and requires no after-treatment system maintenance. The cost of fuel is around 20 per cent lower than diesel, which helps to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and boost fleet efficiency.
The new vehicles are potentially able to access underground parking areas without the limitations affecting some other alternative fuels and benefit from much of the same technology found within IVECO’s new Daily Blue Power LCV range, which has been named International Van of the Year 2018.