Jost takes 500 Iveco Stralis gas powered tractors

Brussels, Belgium: Transport firm Jost is taking 500 Iveco Stralis NP trucks, as it converts 35% of its fleet to liquefied natural gas (LNG) by 2020.

The first 150 vehicles will enter operation during 2018, with the full fleet to be in service by 2020.

Jost is taking 500 Iveco Stralis NP trucks, as it converts 35% of its fleet to liquefied natural gas (LNG) by 2020

The new trucks replace 4 to 5 years old diesel-powered vehicles in the Belgian firm’s fleet of 1,400 trucks and 3,000 trailers. The company already operates 132 Stralis vehicles, including two running on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Roland Jost, owner, Jost Group, says: “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.

“This played a key role in our decision to take the next step on the path to sustainability, choosing the Iveco Stralis NP as the best solution. 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 refueling infrastructure, with plans to open up to three filling stations within our major operating centres in Belgium.”

Pierre Lahutte, brand president, Iveco says: “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.

“Jost Group has clear sustainability goals, and recognises the 2 benefits that our advanced experience in natural power vehicles can bring to its operation. We are extremely pleased to be growing our share of their fleet, and introducing the Stralis NP and LNG into their operations.”

Demand for LNG is growing rapidly in Europe. The German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has identified LNG as the best solution for long-distance road transport in the short term and for the next 10 to 15 years. When running on fossil derived natural gas, the Stralis NP’s CO2 emissions are up to 10% lower than its diesel equivalent, depending on mission and gas composition – rising to up to 95% lower with the use of biomethane.

Jost Group handles temperature-controlled cargo as well as dryfreight.

Cartwright joins Australian reefer market

Wodonga, Victoria, Australia: Ron Finemore Transport has ordered two Performance-Based Standards approved Cartwright refrigerated trailers – the first from the UK-based manufacturer to be sold in Australia.

Howard Hansen, general manager, Cartwright Transport told Trailer Magazine the first trailers for Ron Finemore are 26-pallet refrigerated trailers due for delivery in mid-December.

Ron Finemore and operations manager, Laurie Brothers, visited the Cartwright factory in the UK before placing the order. The first Cartwright trailers arrived in Australian in July. The demonstration trailers include a refrigerated 22-pallet tri-axle trailer and a 16-pallet bogie-axle trailer, each fitted with Carrier Vector 1950 fridges.

Hansen told Trailer Magazine that three more demonstration trailers are due in Australia in November, this time twin tyre tri-axle trailers with barn doors.

Transgourmet takes on 240 engineless refrigeration systems from Carrier Transicold

Berlin, Germany: Food delivery company Transgourmet is taking 240 Carrier Transicold’s Iceland engineless multi-temperature fridges as part of a fleet renewal.

Transgourmet is taking 240 Carrier Transicold’s Iceland engineless multi-temperature fridges as part of a fleet renewal

The Iceland helps Transgourmet build an environmentally responsible fleet. The fleet is made up of over 800 refrigerated rigid trucks covering around 26m kilometers a year in Germany.

“Our aim is to become the most sustainable company in our industry,” said Thomas Wallrabenstein, head of services, Transgourmet Central and Eastern Europe. “Carrier Transicold’s engineless Iceland multi-temperature unit helps us achieve our goals for low noise levels and emissions.”

The Iceland multi-temperature fridges use power generated by the truck’s Euro 6 engine, cutting emissions by removing the fridge diesel engine. The refrigeration unit is powered by Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive GenSet unit, driven by a hydro pump connected to the truck’s power take-off. The hydraulic system drives a generator that delivers electrical power to the host unit.

Transgourmet trucks can make up to 18 stops during one trip with a multi-temperature load. The Iceland unit consistently provides a cooling capacity of up to 18 kilowatts (0°C/30°C) even when the truck is idling. It has two hermetically sealed, electrically driven scroll compressors eliminating belts and shaft seals, allowing for fewer leaks and requiring little maintenance.

Integrated into the Eco-Drive GenSet hydraulic system is a control unit that ensures the generator consistently runs the same number of revolutions. The Eco-Drive system generates 400 volts at 50Hz, maintaining constant power even when the truck is idling in heavy traffic. This increases refrigeration unit reliability in stop-and-go traffic.

“The Iceland multi-temperature unit’s unique technical features enable us to meet the demand of a continuous cold chain for fresh produce and refrigerated foods in order to deliver high-quality goods to our customers,” said Sven Sauerwein, head of logistics services, Transgourmet Germany.

“The unit’s scroll compressors provide quick restoration of temperatures in both compartments after door openings.”

Transgourmet is part of the the Swiss-based Co-op group.

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