FPT Industrial, the powertrain arm of the CNH Industrial group, and IVECO, the group’s commercial vehicles brand, have together signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with energy infrastructure operators Snam for the international development of hydrogen and biomobility in transport with biomethane and natural gas.
Under the MoU the three parties will collaborate along the entire supply chain – from engines with FPT Industrial and commercial vehicles from IVECO to distribution infrastructure and services with Snam, via Snam4Mobility) – to promote mobility with natural gas (bioCNG and bioLNG) and hydrogen. This will include business models aimed at offering end-to-end solutions for light- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, as well as buses.
According to statement from FPT, the aim is to develop integrated sustainable mobility to promote further use of alternative drive vehicles, with a shared strategy of collaborative development of vehicles and distribution network. In this way, the collaboration will also focus on compiling studies designed to plan and experiment with innovative refuelling solutions, technologies and infrastructure for fleets and professional customers.
The three parties will also plan to collaborate on sustainable mobility projects in the field of public transport and public utility. Further initiatives will be undertaken for this at a regional, national and European level combining engagement and advocacy with institutions to facilitate the expansion of sustainable mobility solutions based on natural gas and hydrogen.
Pierpaolo Biffali, vice president, product engineering, FPT Industrial, said: “We have always been pioneers in the field of alternative engines and we have 20 years’ experience developing natural gas technology. We are a market leader, having sold more than 50,000 methane and biomethane engines and boast the most powerful, 100% natural gas engine for industrial vehicles: the Cursor 13 with 460hp.
“Already now, our biomethane powered engines can reduce CO2 emissions close to zero, supporting the challenge against climate change. We believe that hydrogen is key in the medium and long term, particularly for the long-distance transport sector. As a testament to our commitment to hydrogen-powered technology, FPT Industrial and Iveco are part of H2Haul (a European project to introduce and utilise hydrogen trucks for on-road transport), thus continuing to provide zero-emission solutions for heavy-duty applications. This research will provide significant results, paving the way for the development of this type of technology in the not too distant future. We are certain that, thanks to this understanding, together we can create a more sustainable future.”
Marco Liccardo, vice president, Medium & Heavy Trucks Global Product Line, IVECO, said: “Iveco has always been at the forefront of decarbonisation in the heavy-duty transport industry heading towards zero emissions. This is a transformation that has already begun and in which hydrogen plays the leading role. Today, in fact, we look to the future with the knowledge that natural gas and biomethane are a fundamental enabling factor and a bridge towards hydrogen, which will provide the solution for long-haul transport.”
Alessio Torelli, CEO, Snam4Mobility, added: “Through Snam4Mobility, we are building an increasingly widespread distribution infrastructure which is already at the service of biomobility and will soon be for hydrogen. Through our commercial partnerships, such as the one we are undertaking with FPT Industrial and IVECO, we want to collaborate with key players in the sector to grow and develop technology within the value chain at an international level, helping to reduce polluting emissions and achieve climate change objectives for the benefit of the community”.