Northern Gas Networks has replaced two diesel vehicles on its fleet with a pair of 3.5-tonne Iveco Daily Natural Power chassis cabs.
The new vans are powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and produce 12% less NOx emissions and 76% less particulate matter than the diesel equivalent.
They join a 600-strong fleet and will be used to support emergency repairs across the customer’s network.
Mark Squires, commercial manager, Fleet and Facilities at Northern Gas Networks, said: “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 is powered by a 3.0-litre natural gas engine that delivers 136hp and 350Nm of torque. It has the same output and response as its diesel equivalent but is 50% per cent quieter, making it perfect for Northern Gas Networks’ 24hr operations.
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. They will be among the highest mileage vehicles on the fleet, clocking up more than 15,000 miles annually during their projected six years in service.
The vehicles will be refuelled at a CNG station in the Aire Valley, with Northern Gas Networks opening its own dedicated refuelling facility later this year.