Logistics Asset Manager at CCE Darren O’Donnell explains: “Our primary reason for selecting CBM is that it has the lowest carbon intensity of all commercially available alternative fuels, allowing us to benefit from the best possible well-to-wheel saving”. O’Donnell also informed that the gas used comes from a landfill site in Surrey and it is not depleting any fossil resources. “This effectively enables us to power the Stralis using the latent energy recovered from rubbish thrown away by society,” he added.
CCE is combining its latest delivery with a second test to evaluate the impact of new aerodynamic bodywork on the fuel consumption of its 21 tonne fleet. In this case, there will be two regular Stralis powered by Cursor 8 diesel engines, one fitted with a standard curtain-slider body and one with a curved roof, specially moulded air deflector and cab collar.
The new vehicles will allow the company to compare the performance of the CBM-powered Stralis against a diesel equivalent of the same age and with identical bodywork. Similarly, the performance of the enhanced aerodynamic vehicle can be directly compared against the diesel-powered Stralis with regular bodywork.
The new vehicles will be used to deliver soft drinks to around 20,000 distributors served by CCE around Great Britain.