Argos is set to pave the way in low-carbon deliveries, being the first retailer to use NGVs, which will be on the road by the end of this year helping to deliver stock to the company’s stores across the country. The five new vehicles have been fully developed in-house by Scania and technician training is now underway to ensure that full nationwide service cover will be available when the first vehicles enter service.
Designed to run solely on gas (compressed or liquefied), the trucks provide carbon dioxide reductions of up to 70 percent when run on pure biomethane, and are extremely quiet. With this new fleet, Argos will further boost its carbon reduction program, which has recently seen the introduction of 19 multi-deck trailers with capacity that could reduce deliveries by 1 in every 6 trips, offering a possible CO2 emission saving of 16.7%.
“With such low emissions of carbon dioxide, the potential environmental benefits of running purely on gas exceed those of dual-fuel operation. It is an exciting prospect to be the first to put dedicated natural gas-powered trucks into service. We now look forward to taking delivery of them and evaluating their performance over the long-term,” said Argos Fleet Engineer, David Landy.
Moreover, Martin Hay, UK Truck Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited, commented: “We are delighted that Argos is to pioneer the use of dedicated gas trucks in the UK. Today, there are approaching 4,000 gas-powered Scania vehicles in service around the world and this, together with an ever-developing fuel-supply infrastructure, represents a major step forward in terms of combating emissions of greenhouse gas.”
Source: Scania UK