By Steffen Müller and Richard Irvine-Brown
A round up of the week’s fleet news stories from across Europe, including methane, diesel and electrically-fuelled fleets in Italy, the UK and Germany.
Iveco to supply 115 gas-powered vans
Iveco has signed a contract for the delivery of 115 methane gas-powered vehicles to TNT Express Italy by 2013. The vehicles will be used by the express courier for operations in Rome and central Italy.
Uffe Ekstedt, chief executive of TNT Express Italy, said: "This commercial accord represents a demonstration of a common commitment to the environment and technological innovation."
According to Ekstedt, methane was "the best short and mid-term solution for the reduction of harmful emissions" and "an effective alternative with regard to the high costs of fuel and transport."
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The vans are expected to bring a fuel cost reduction of 40% as well as less noise and CO2 emissions compared to their diesel counterparts.
BLG delivers FeDex EVs
BLG Logistics Group and German fleet service provider Fleet Factory GmbH have dispatched eight electric-powered Ford Transits to FedEx.
The vans are intended to be used for parcel delivery to FedEx clients in Berlin and Florence.
The vehicles were retooled with electric drives by British company Smith Electric Vehicles designed especially for depot-based operation, explained Fleet Factory.
Diesel sell well – MG
UK car brand MG is reporting high interest in the diesel-engine version of the MG6 model from fleet buyers and company car drivers.
The manufacturer has attributed this interest to the low insurance ratings, Benefit-in-Kind prices and repair costs of the car.
The brand, which operates wholesale and retail finance through GMAC UK, expects to sell 65% of its diesel MG6s to the fleet and business sector.