Gas distribution company Cadent is to explore using CNG-powered vehicles for future fleet replacements as it takes initial deliveries of its first Iveco vehicles.
The company, which is responsible for half of the UK’s eight regional gas distribution networks, has signed an inaugural two-year deal with Iveco that has already seen the firm take the first batch of 255 Daily 3.5-tonne panel vans.
The Daily 35S12 vans, which feature 116hp diesel engines, replace older vehicles of similar size and driveline configuration, and feature Bri-Stor Systems internal racking along with split drive 110v onboard electric and air compressor supply thanks to Winton and Gardner Denver, enabling their use as self-sufficient mobile workshops.
The vehicles will provide 24-hour, 365 day-a-year support and emergency backup to maintain its gas distribution network. A second tranche of Daily vans will follow during 2018/19.
However, the deal, which includes a possible two-year extension, will also enable the firm to explore possibilities for CNG-powered vehicles, which form part of the Daily Blue Power range.
Launched last year, the range offers a number of powertrains to help urban and suburban operators meet requirements. This includes the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, which now comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and features a 3.0-litre natural gas engine, producing 12% fewer NOx emissions, 76% less particulate matter and up to 95% less CO2 emissions using bio-methane compared to a diesel, while delivering 136hp and up to 350Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,730rpm. Meanwhile fuel costs are around 20% lower than diesel while the vehicles are around 50% quieter.
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