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Cadent mulls move to CNG under new Iveco contract

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.

Cadent is rolling out a 255-strong  Daily fleet in its first contract with Iveco.
Cadent is rolling out a 255-strong  Daily fleet in its first contract with Iveco.

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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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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