Iveco has delivered a Stralis NP 4×2 tractor unit into service with Irish transport specialist Woodside Haulage in what the Italian manufacturer is calling a major conquest order.

The vehicle runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) and marks the first new Iveco to be purchased by the company for more than 15 years.

Its entry into service follows the opening of the new Circle K CNG refuelling station at Dublin Port – with the vehicle to be used for general haulage duties in and around Dublin, operating from Woodside Haulage’s depot inside the port.

Supplied by local dealer Emerald Truck & Van, the Stralis NP (AS440S40T/P) is claimed to produce up to 99 per cent less particulate matter, 90 per cent less NO2 emissions and up to 15 per cent less CO2 emissions.

Woodside Haulage took delivery of the vehicle with support from Gas Networks Ireland, which at the time of ordering the vehicle had offered a Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fund to promote natural gas as a transport fuel in Ireland.

“We welcomed the initiative from Iveco and Gas Networks Ireland to promote CNG as an alternative fuel,” said Mark Woodside, managing director, Woodside Haulage.

“There is an expectation from many customers that we adopt innovative technology to reduce our environmental impact when we are transporting their goods.

“The new vehicle also enables us to achieve an important objective within our ISO 14001 environmental management system of using alternative fuels to further reduce emissions,” he added.

The Stralis NP with Hi-Way cab is powered by an 8.7-litre Cursor 9 Natural Gas engine which delivers the same output of 400 bhp and 1700 Nm torque as its diesel equivalent. It also features a 12-speed automated gearbox.

Established as a family business 50 years ago, Woodside Haulage transports full and part loads from its sites in Ballyclare, Dublin and Preston.