The first gas-powered light commercial vehicle has joined international logistics firm Arcese’s UK fleet. A 6.5-tonne IVECO Daily Natural Power chassis cab has an ultra-clean engine that will enable the company to make unrestricted deliveries to its luxury retail customers in central London.

A key factor that led to Arcese placing the order was IVECO’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in gas vehicle technology. “Our drivers travel into London every day so we needed a manufacturer which could quickly supply gas-powered vehicles that already meet current and future emission standards. IVECO is a real leader in this market and showed us why the Daily Natural Power is perfect for our operations. We’re confident this addition to our UK fleet will play a key role for the next decade,” said Michele Nascetti, Country Manager at Arcese UK.

The Daily Natural Power is one of a number of models which now form part of IVECO’s International Van of the Year 2018–winning Daily Blue Power LCV range. It features a purpose-built 3.0-litre natural gas spark ignition engine which delivers performance comparable to diesel in terms of power, torque and response – including 136 hp and up to 350 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,730 rev/min. It is also 50% quieter than diesel, making it perfect for Arcese’s inner-city deliveries either early in the morning or late at night.

The engine runs on compressed natural gas (CNG), producing 12% fewer NOx emissions, 76% less particulate matter and up to 95% less CO2 emissions when using bio-methane. In addition, it requires no AdBlue, particulate filter or exhaust gas recirculation and it needs no after-treatment system maintenance. Together with fuel costs around 20% lower than diesel, this helps to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and boost fleet efficiency.

“Our group’s strategy has always been focused on reducing emissions and that’s why we keep introducing alternative-fuel vehicles. IVECO is well placed to help our UK fleet begin to transition from diesel to gas as we continue to strive for greater sustainability levels,” added Michele.