Northern Gas Networks has taken delivery of a pair of 3.5-tonne IVECO Daily Natural Power chassis cabs to be used to support emergency repairs across the customer’s network.
Supplied by Brighouse-based IVECO dealer Northern Commercials, the new vehicles are powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and produce 12 per cent less NOx emissions and 76 per cent less particulate matter than the diesel equivalent.
Mark Squires, Commercial Manager, Fleet and Facilities, Northern Gas Networks, says: “We see natural gas as the answer to a lot of air quality issues. IVECO was able to demonstrate its benefits and how well suited this fuel is for our operations. Our drivers were very impressed with our first gas-powered Daily, making it the vehicle and fuel of choice to replace two of our older diesel models.
“Reducing vehicle emissions is a key focus for us and IVECO has given us the confidence to use more gas-powered vehicles in our fleet.”
Each Daily Natural Power (35S14) is powered by a 3.0-litre natural gas engine that delivers 136 hp and 350 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,730 rev/min. It has the same power, torque and response as its diesel equivalent but is 50 per cent quieter, making it perfect for Northern Gas Networks’ 24hr operations. The vehicles also benefit from much of the same technology found in IVECO’s new Daily Blue Power LCV range, which has been named International Van of the Year 2018.
Both vehicles feature dropside bodywork by Advance Commercial Bodies and have a reversing camera system, payload indicator and roof-mounted beacons to increase operational safety and visibility.