A half-dozen road hauliers are planning to test over 80 biomethane-fuelled trucks, the largest-ever trial of dedicated gas-powered HGVs in the UK. The initiative is part of the government’s £20 million Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial project aimed at reducing emissions and improving air quality.
Air Liquide Group is heading up the biomethane trial which has picked up £2.6 million in funding for a venture which comprises trucks ranging from 26 to 44 tonnes. Also onboard are the likes of Kuehne + Nagel, Asda and Great Bear.
“[Manufacturers] are working hard to bring promising zero-emissions technologies to the new lorries they design, but without real life road testing by big fleet customers, these technologies will not be able to impact CO2 emissions in a big way,” says Daniel Lambert, commercial director, at Air Liquide UK.
The Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies, a not-for-profit consultancy and research organisation, will assess the trial. Cenex says vehicles running on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 8%, will those those running on biomethane can expect to see a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions, compared to diesel HGVs.
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