The first-ever natural gas-powered vehicles to get to work in Africa have been handed over by Iveco.
The historic vehicles (as seen above) are the first 26 buses in a fleet of 50 new CNG-powered articulated Iveco buses, are now on the job with the Abidjan Transport Company (SOTRA) in the West African nation, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
In total, 450 new Iveco buses are headed for the African nation, the balance of the fifty 18-metre long Crealis buses is expected to be delivered by the end of the year.
The nation has made a commitment to a sustainable mobility future.
Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, said the CNG-powered Iveco buses are a great win for the environment.
“The acquisition of these vehicles is a first for Africa and a key step in our willing to improve transport services and the quality of life of transport users in Abidjan.
“To continue this momentum, the Ivorian government has decided to put in place a Development and Financing Plan for a nationwide public transport network, with its trusted partner Iveco Bus as the standard-setter in natural gas vehicles.”
The Euro 6 rated CNG-powered Iveco buses boast near zero fine-particle emissions, as well as a 60% reduction in NOx and a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions.
But there’s also another advantage over a traditional diesel – about 50% lower noise levels.
The Iveco Crealis was also recently named the Sustainable Bus of the Year award winner at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany.
While the Iveco buses are also able to run on biogas obtained by methanation of food or agricultural waste.
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