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DHL adds Volvo LNG power in the UK

LNG trucks offer greatly reduced emissions with no drop off in performance


DHL Supply Chain has announced the addition of 13 new Volvo FH Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) prime mover units to its fleet as part of its GoGreen plan and commitment to finding innovative solutions to reduce its environmental impact. 

The new additions join DHL Supply Chain’s growing fleet of gas trucks in the UK. The Volvo FH 6×2 units are equipped with Globetrotter cabs and specified with 155kg LNG tanks for a maximum range of 1,000km. The new vehicles will deliver up to an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions when fuelled with bio-LNG and 10-20 per cent with fossil gas.

“As part of the world’s largest logistics company, we have a clear set of ambitious environmental targets to achieve, as well as ones to deliver for our customers. To help enable greener supply chains and support our customers in their proactive approach to sustainable transport, we continue to work closely with both our customers and partners to find the best solutions,” says Ian Clough, MD, network logistics and transport, UK & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain.

“The Volvo gas truck is an excellent product, and Bio-LNG is a viable option to achieve significant carbon reduction in long-haul distribution. We’ve been impressed with the FH LNG units we already have in service and our intention is to accelerate our investment in gas trucks moving forward. We are talking to a number of different customers with the aim to have more than 500 gas vehicles in operation across the fleet by 2025.”

The new FH LNGs use small amounts of diesel to initiate ignition of the air-fuel mixture. This enables the Volvo G13C engine to deliver the same 460 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque as its diesel-only counterpart, with matching driveability, reliability, and service intervals.

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