Delgo, a refrigerated transport operator operating in Spain and Europe, is incorporating 33 Scania LNG tractors, all equipped with a 410 HP engine. Scania’s latest natural gas engine has an output of 410 HP and 2,000 Nm from 1,100 to 1,400 rpm, figures comparable to those of diesel engines of the same size, a power that was key in Delgo’s commitment to natural gas. “With the new engines, these trucks are making the same routes as diesel ones did before and they do it without any problem,” stated Felix Gonzalez, manager of Delgo.
In addition to these 33 tractors, Delgo operates four rigid Scania 340 HP trucks, also equipped with natural gas engines. NGVs will account for almost 40% of Delgo’s fleet (with about 100 vehicles) once the deliveries are completed soon.
The routes that cover these new vehicles are national and, most of them are dedicated to supplying a chain of supermarkets, with which the routes are round trip between logistics centers and supermarkets. For the refueling, Delgo has managed the permits to have a natural gas station at its facilities in Valencia. “In our national routes, in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville there are quite a lot of natural gas refueling sites, and in Murcia, where we started operating this month, we have a mobile refueling unit,” said Felix.
Delgo’s first Scania natural gas trucks have been circulating for three months. In this period of time, the company has been able to take its first references regarding fuel consumption. Before this important renewal of fleet, Delgo conducted a study on natural gas as a fuel and the savings that it represents compared to diesel. “What we have clear is that it improves consumption. In the same conditions, if I compare it with another vehicle with the same consumption, we are already saving AdBlue. And the fuel has a lower price,” added Felix Gonzalez.