Iveco has secured a major conquest order with Woodside Haulage, delivering a Stralis NP 4×2 tractor unit into service with the Irish transport specialist. The vehicle stands out for running on compressed natural gas (CNG) and marks the first new Iveco to be purchased by the company for more than 15 years.

Its entry into service follows the opening of the new Circle K CNG refuelling station at Dublin Port – with the vehicle to be used for general haulage duties in and around Dublin, operating from Woodside’s depot inside the port.

Supplied by local dealer Emerald Truck & Van, the Stralis NP offers significant sustainability advantages when compared with its diesel equivalent.

As well as delivering the same performance in terms of payload and performance, the truck produces up to 99% less particulate matter, 90% less NO2 emissions and up to 15% less CO2 emissions.

Woodside took delivery of the vehicle with support from Gas Networks Ireland, which at the time of ordering the vehicle had offered a Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fund, to promote natural gas as a transport fuel in Ireland.

Managing Director Mark Woodside said: “We welcomed the initiative from Iveco and Gas Networks Ireland to promote CNG as an alternative fuel in Ireland.

“There is an expectation from many customers that we adopt innovative technology to reduce our environmental impact when we are transporting their goods.”

Commenting on the route to acquiring the Stralis NP, he adds: “We met with Iveco and Emerald Truck & Van to discuss our options at an early stage as we were keen to understand the potential benefits of running a vehicle on natural gas.

“We view this as an important first step towards the further roll out of gas-powered vehicles within our fleet.”

The Stralis is powered by an 8.7-litre Cursor 9 Natural Gas engine which delivers 400hp and 1,700Nm torque, the same as its diesel equivalent, resulting in an excellent power-to-weight ratio, power density and quietness of operation.

The Stralis features a 12-speed automated gearbox. As the engine is compliant with Euro 6 emission requirements and 50% quieter than diesel, the truck is also ideal for night-time operations.