E-commerce giant Amazon has invested heavily in compressed natural gas commercial vehicles for its European fleet.
Overnight it announced that it had ordered 1,064 IVECO S-Way trucks, a huge boost for the Italian truckmaker who is looking to lead the way in the alternative fuel space.
The first 216 units have already been delivered to Amazon’s transport partners in Europe while the remaining 848 vehicles will go into operations by the middle of next year.
Each of the IVECO S-Ways is powered by a FPT Industrial Cursor 13 Natural Gas engine and equipped with a 1052-litre CNG tank, the largest available, with the expectation that they will yield a range of 620 km between refuelling.
The 848 units on order for delivery in 2022 will also feature IVECO Driver Pal, the Brand’s on-board vocal driver companion with Amazon Alexa features.
IVECO has been pioneering gas propulsion technology for 25 years, according to Gerrit Marx, Iveco Group designated Chief Executive Officer, that allow operators to make significant reductions in emissions right now.
“Collaboration with global leaders like Amazon is a testament to the robust capability of our innovative products and our unyielding commitment to the industry objective of decarbonizing transport by 2050,” he said.
“Iveco Group will continue leading the way in combustion engines running on renewable fuels, the only viable solution already available at scale on the market to reduce emissions,” he said in a statement.
“Let’s not forget that a CNG truck powered by bio-methane can cut CO2 emissions by up to 95 per cent from a well-to-wheel CO2 measuring approach, effectively contributing to the decarbonization process.”