IVECO UK, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial N.V., welcomed members of Essex Police’s Commercial Vehicle Unit to its Basildon head office for an in-depth training day on the latest generation of commercial vehicles running on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Essex Police is one of the the largest non-metropolitan police forces in the United Kingdom.
The Commercial Vehicle Unit is a designated section of the Essex Roads Policing team, responsible for a 4,500-mile network including major roads, which serve both the county and key arterial routes into the UK’s capital city London. The officers attending the course learned how to safely handle the fuel, as well as gaining an understanding of the environmental benefits LNG offers over diesel, especially lower overall emissions. The day – featured a detailed inspection and test drive of IVECO’s Stralis NP 460hp tractor unit, which runs on 100 per cent LNG.
Commenting on the training, Ian Longman, IVECO’s Senior Technical Trainer for the UK & Ireland says: “As more fleets transition from diesel to LNG-powered vehicles to help improve sustainability, it’s important police teams fully understand the differences.”
The Stralis NP’s impressive credentials earned it the title of Sustainable Truck of the Year 2019, at the Ecomondo Awards. Compared with an equivalent Euro VI diesel, a Stralis NP running on LNG emits around 90 per cent less NO2 emissions, 99 per cent less particulate matter, and up to 95 per cent less CO2 when using biomethane. A Stralis NP is also around 50 per cent quieter than a diesel equivalent.