Nicholls Transport invests in IVECO Stralis NPs, and builds new LNG station to fuel them
Sittingbourne-based Nicholls Transport has invested in 10 new IVECO Stralis NPs, and has built an LNG refuelling station in partnership with fuel facility operator, Gasrec.
Paul Nicholls, MD of Nicholls Transport, explained: “Moving to alternative fuels has been high on our agenda – but gas is currently the only technology that’s ready for 44-tonne operation. Gasrec has been hugely proactive and gave us the confidence to switch fuels, following experiences with demonstrators organised through IVECO and Haynes.”
Nicholls Transport’s Stralis NPs use the manufacturer’s 12.9-litre 460hp engines and Hi-Tronix gearboxes, produce 90% less N02, 99% less particulate matter, and 50% less noise than its fleet of 90 Euro-6 diesel Stralis.
Supplied by IVECO’s Haynes Trucks dealership in Maidstone, the new vehicles, which are expected to cover 175,000km annually when double-shifted, have a planned service life of around five years with extended maintenance intervals (every 90,000km) to maximise uptime, further improved by the Stralis NPs’ lack of AdBlue, diesel particulate filter, EGR or SCR, thus there’s less to maintain.
The LNG refuelling station is the first in Kent, located 5 miles from junction five of the M2, and can support 30 vehicles. Nicholls allows third parties to use the pumps as well, by arrangement. Sascha Kaehne, IVECO’s UK and Ireland business director, said: “The location of their refuelling facility is also strategically very important, serving as a gateway for freight traffic between London and continental Europe,”
Nicholls added: “Moving to natural gas shows how much we care about our planet. It’s our collective responsibility as an industry to do something to tackle climate change and make road transport more sustainable, and by opening this LNG station and investing in the Stralis NP fleet, we’re showing our customers and competitors that it’s possible to do today.”
MAW Engineering now sells and installs Hiab's products
Northern Irish trailer and bodybuilder MAW Engineering has become an authorised Hiab sales and installation partner.
This allows it to sell and install Hiab’s Multilift, Jonsered and Effer brands throughout Northern Ireland, and in the border counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan.
MAW Engineering’s MD Mark Cuskeran, said: “Hiab produces excellent products and we are delighted to become a Hiab partner. We have a modern 50,000sq ft facility situated across 6 acres here in Northern Ireland and will have a dedicated demonstration area for the Hiab products.”
Despite the new agreement between MAW Engineering and Hiab, Dennison’s Bodyshop in Ballyclare will continue as Hiab’s service and spare parts representative across the same regions.
Ian Mitchell, Hiab MD UK & Ireland, said: “Dennison has been providing a fantastic servicing and spare parts service to our customers in Northern Ireland for the past three years, and now we have a sales and installation offering from MAW Engineering to complement the Dennison Bodyshop provision.”
Cuskeran added: “We have worked with Dennison many times over the years; they are a very professional company and provide a great service and parts offering. Our prospective sales teams will work closely together.”