Logistics specialist Jost Group has ordered 500 IVECO LNG-fuelled trucks and announced plans to target 35% conversion of its fleet to LNG by 2020.
The supply agreement will see Jost gain 500 IVECO Stralis NP trucks as part of its operations providing pan-European transport. The first 150 vehicles are set to enter operation during 2018, with the full fleet to be in service by 2020.
“This marks a key turning point for our business as we begin a strategic move away from our dependence on diesel and towards green logistics, as requested by our customers, which are demanding a more sustainable transport. Our excellent experience operating Stralis Euro 5 EEV diesel vehicles has seen us establish a solid relationship with IVECO, supported by a very strong service network across Belgium,” Roland Jost, Owner of Jost Group, said.
LNG to replace ageing diesel
The new trucks will replace 4-to-5-year-old diesel-powered vehicles in the Belgian firm’s fleet of 1,400 trucks and 3,000 trailers. The firm currently operates 132 Stralis vehicles, including two running on compressed natural gas (CNG).
Iveco has sold an estimated 22,000 gas-powered vehicles to date and was one of the first manufacturers to introduce natural gas fuelled options for trucks, vans and buses in 1991.
“Gas offers the widest range of opportunities to replace diesel in the commercial vehicle market – it's no longer a fuel of tomorrow, it's a fuel of today. This has been firmly demonstrated with one of Europe’s biggest fleets selecting the Stralis NP, running on LNG, to lead their fleet replacement programme,” Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President, commented.
Jost plans investment in three LNG fuelling stations
Alongside plans to roll-out more LNG-fuelled vehicles in the company’s fleet, Jost also plans to invest in the development of bunkering stations and other infrastructure to support the growth of LNG as a transport fuel.
“We’re proud to be amongst the early adopters of this new technology: our goal for the next three years is to have 35% of our fleet running on LNG. Our Group is also supporting this with an investment in our own LNG refuelling infrastructure, with plans to open up to three filling stations within our major operating centres in Belgium,” Jost Explained.
Family-run firm, Jost Group employs more than 2,800 staff across offices in 10 countries in Europe and North Africa. The group offers full, partial and bulk load transport solutions, including dry freight and temperature controlled cargos, plus the movement of containers, dangerous goods and waste.