UK: first pallet network to trial LNG unit bets on green logistics industry
Pall-Ex is focusing firmly on the future of road transport, after becoming the first pallet network to trial a LNG powered truck within its fleet. The company is driving its green credentials forward as it tests a Volvo FM LNG tractor unit, which combines LNG with a traditional diesel engine to create greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The unit emits 20% less CO₂ than its diesel counterpart and if rolled out across its whole fleet would help Pall-Ex reach the Department for Transport’s Road to Zero target to reduce HGV emissions by 15% against 2015 levels by 2025.
“As pressure mounts on all road users to reduce their carbon footprint, we want to be at the forefront of this change, so we are investigating how to power our fleet for a cleaner future,” said Head of Operations at Pall-Ex, Paul Pegg. “An important part of this move towards low emissions vehicles is ensuring that the driving experience and performance do not suffer as a result of the alternative fuel source. Electric trucks are currently not an option for many logistics companies. The battery technology limits driving distance, causing too many delays in a world where consumers expect the fastest possible delivery.”
Darren Newman, LNG account manager at Volvo Group UK Ltd, also commented: “Pall-Ex recently trialed our LNG technology and discovered that sustainability needn’t bring additional cost or complication to heavy transport operations, quite the contrary in fact. The Volvo LNG solution offers uncompromised performance as it drives exactly like a diesel engine vehicle. Our LNG engine saves over 20% CO2 in comparison to diesel and LNG attracts a £0.40p per liter reduction in fuel duty relative to diesel.”
The Pall-Ex team is impressed with the new technology and keen to work towards a cleaner logistics industry, which is why they have extended the trial of their Volvo FM LNG. “We are learning and gaining as much as possible from the trial. This truck is a new opportunity that can benefit our operation and the environment, so we are very keen to understand how it can fit our model, so we can utilize it within the Pall-Ex network,” added Pegg. “Since we started using the vehicle, the fuel cost savings are remarkable, just with one vehicle. We are due to meet with our vehicle supplier, MRS and Volvo to discuss the opportunities for the future, which is exciting.”
As a result of the successful trial, the operations team is now set to test another low emissions vehicle, a new LNG model from Scania. The Scania truck does not use a diesel engine at all, running purely on liquefied gas to drastically reduce running costs and emissions.