April 20, 2021. Udine is the first Italian city to boast the introduction of 12 meter Iveco Crossway vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) in its suburban circuit. These are high-floor, energy-saving buses that until now were only used for urban/suburban service, thanks to an investment of approximately 1.3 million euros financed by Arriva Italia. These 5 units are the first of a series of purchases already planned with the aim of doubling the fleet in the coming years. 9 more are planned for 2021.
“Local public transport and sustainability are two concepts that can no longer exist individually but now go hand in hand”, declares Angelo Costa, CEO of Arriva Italia. “After the introduction of electric buses in other cities, as we did for example in the urban system of Cremona, we now start with 5 new CNG vehicles in the suburban transport of Udine, thus becoming pioneers in their use in the suburbs. An operation that undoubtedly fills us with pride and is part of a long process of renewal of our fleet in the name of decarbonisation: just think that these 5 new units will avoid an annual diesel consumption of 100,000 liters, which becomes a million when compared to the total duration of the ten-year contract. The availability of this technological solution for extra-urban transport allows us to plan in the medium term a doubling of the fleet powered by natural gas. The operation fits perfectly into the memorandum of understanding signed between the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region and Snam in order to initiate a collaboration aimed at promoting the energy transition in the region and promoting sustainable mobility.”
CNG vehicles are recognized both at European and local level as a valid solution for the ecological renewal of fleets and use in areas with low polluting emissions. Natural gas powered mobility almost completely eliminates particulate matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and reduces noise pollution (down to -3dB). By using biomethane, it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 95%.