A 16-tonne IVECO Eurocargo Natural Power has been delivered to recycling specialist Warrens Group. Running on compressed natural gas (CNG), the company is also believed to be the first in the UK to refuel a truck with bio-gas made from its own food waste collections.

“Our company is all about recycling waste and converting it into energy so when we wanted to buy a gas-powered vehicle, we knew IVECO was at the forefront of this technology. The team at IVECO were brilliant in helping us understand the advantages of natural gas and were able to supply and specify a truck faster than any other manufacturer we spoke to,” said Adam Warren, Director at Warrens Group.

“We recognise natural gas as the future and believe this is the start of a great relationship with IVECO. The support they’ve given us has been so good that we’re already planning to add more of their gas-powered vehicles to our fleet,” Adam added.

The Eurocargo Natural Power delivers the optimum performance for the application due to its six-cylinder engine with 750 Nm of torque and 204 hp. As it is already compliant with Euro VI step D emission levels, the vehicle can also enter restricted areas in city centres – a key requirement for the company as it looks to future-proof its fleet.

The truck also claims one of the best turning circles for its size and specification, making it nimble in tight city streets. This makes it perfect for Warrens Group as it will be used to collect food waste from pubs, restaurants and supermarkets across the North East.

In operation up to six days a week, it is a new addition to a 35-strong fleet with all maintenance work being conducted back at NETV, one of IVECO’s largest dealer groups. Mounted with a specialist food refuse body by Macpac, the Eurocargo Natural Power is expected to remain in this frontline role for five years, with refuelling carried out at Warrens Group’s on-site facility in Newton Aycliffe.