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Snam, Iveco and FCA promote gas as vehicle fuel

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Snam, Iveco and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to foster the development of natural gas as a fuel for road vehicles.

Carlo Calenda – Italy’s Minister of Economic Development – and Graziano Delrio – the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport – were both present when the MoU was signed.

Under the terms of the agreement, all three parties will cooperate to accelerate the development of CNG for vehicle use. FCA has recently developed its range, now composed of 12 models. Iveco, meanwhile, has developed a range of both CNG and LNG vehicles, including the light commercial vehicle, Daily, the urban bus, Urbanway, and the new Stralis LNG for long haul transport, launched in June 2015. In late September 2016, the company announced that it had delivered Germany’s first LNG-powered long-haul truck to Ludwig Meyer GmbH & Co. KG.

Both Iveco and FCA are planning to continue development of their natural gas vehicles, bringing further innovation by having an active role in the promotion of the offer and developing targeted market operations.

Snam, meanwhile, will invest approximately €200 million over the coming five years to foster the development of facilities for the supply of CNG. This will help to increase the number of methane service stations, improve customer service quality, and ensure the more balanced placement of filling stations throughout Italy, ultimately supporting the development of gas-fuelled vehicles.

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