IVECO was on hand last month to celebrate the opening of a new biomethane plant and filling station in Cestas, France. The project was a collaboration between Pot au Pin Energie, Air Liquide and Carrefour, and IVECO and IVECO BUS supported the event by putting their own natural gas vehicles on display. This included the use of IVECO BUS natural gas coaches to carry passengers to the event. The project also represents the first time in French history that a biomethane plant and filling station are in the same location.
“At IVECO, we believe that a circular economy based on biomethane can provide an effective answer to the demand for immediate action against climate change and for air quality in our cities—and our full line of Natural Power vehicles, running on biomethane, can play a key role in this virtuous cycle,” said Pierre Lahutte, IVECO brand president of IVECO, in a press release. “Projects like the one inaugurated today make this circular economy a reality and prove that it is a viable and effective solution to the biggest environmental challenges we face.”
Completing The Circle
The partnership at the heart of this project is a perfect example of IVECO’s vision of a circular economy. Pot au Pin Energie grows crops to turn into biomethane and then after purification, the fuel is put into the natural gas distribution network. From there it is transported to filling stations and used by natural gas vehicles, including Carrefour’s supermarket delivery trucks. IVECO has been a long-time supporter of natural gas initiatives, and already has a wide range of vehicles available that take advantage of the fuel source, including the Stralis NP line of trucks.