10 Scania CNG trucks to make deliveries in England


Advanced system will allow trucks to cover greater distance before refuelling

10 Scania CNG trucks to make deliveries in England
The biomethane-fuelled trucks are cleaner and quieter than their diesel counterparts.

 

Renewable biomethane fuel supplier CNG Fuels and British supermarket chain Waitrose have announced the use of Europe's most advanced fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks.

The advanced fleet of Scania trucks will cover a range of up to 800 kilometres thanks to technology the truck manufacturer developed alongside leading CNG fuel systems company Agility Fuel Solutions.

The advanced system developed will help overcome concerns about the distance that CNG-powered trucks are able to cover before refuelling – making it easier to switch to renewable biomethane CNG, the most cost-effective and lowest carbon alternative to diesel for heavy goods vehicles.

Ten new Scania-manufactured CNG trucks entered operation for Waitrose in January 2017 and will be used to make deliveries to the company’s stores in the Midlands and the North of England.

Scania specialist sales executive – gas David Burke says the new CNG fleet are going to replace previous dual-fuel transport options.

"Together with Waitrose and CNG Fuels we are developing a new UK market sector for dedicated gas vehicles which we believe will supersede the heavier dual-fuel models seen up until now," Burke says.

"In addition to being cleaner and quieter than dual-fuel vehicles, our dedicated gas trucks offer the considerable operational advantages which come with having Scania as the single source of supply." 

They are the first in Europe to use twin 26-inch diameter carbon fibre fuel tanks which store gas at 250 bar of pressure to increase range from around 480 km to as much as 800 km.

It will allow them to always run entirely on biomethane, which is 35-40 per cent cheaper than diesel and emits 70 per cent less CO2.

The carbon fibre tanks, which are already in use in the US, were adapted and certified for the European market by Agility Fuel Solutions, thereby offering significant advantages over the standard European set-up of eight steel gas tanks.

The vehicles are half a tonne lighter, hold more gas and can cover a greater distance depending on the load being carried.

They are quicker to refuel and easier to maintain.

Each of Waitrose’s new CNG trucks costs 50 per cent more than one which runs on diesel, but will repay the extra costs in two to three years with fuel savings of £15,000 to £20,000 (A$24,000 to A$33,000) a year depending on mileage.

Its vehicles are likely to operate for at least five more years, generating overall lifetime savings of £75,000 to £100,000 (A$123,000 to A$164,000) compared with a diesel equivalent.

Each truck will save more than 100 tonnes of CO2 a year compared with diesel.

John Lewis Partnership GM central transport Justin Laney explains the environmental benefits.

"With Europe’s most advanced CNG trucks, we will be able to make deliveries to our stores without having to refuel away from base," Laney says.

"Using biomethane will deliver significant environmental and operational benefits to our business.

"It’s much cleaner and quieter than diesel, and we can run five gas trucks for the same emissions as one diesel truck."

CNG Fuels CEO Philip Fjeld says the tank pressures and improved range makes CNG a game-changer.

"High pressure carbon-fibre fuel tanks demolish the ‘range anxiety’ concerns that have made many hauliers reluctant to move away from diesel to CNG, Fjeld says.

"Renewable biomethane is far cheaper and cleaner than diesel, and, with a range of up to 500 miles, it is a game-changer for road transport operators."

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