In a first for the Northern Ireland transport sector, Volvo dealer Dennison Commercials in partnership with Calor have launched the natural gas powered Volvo truck range at an Open Day event held on November 27 at Dennison Commercials’ Ballyclare head office depot. The event was a great opportunity for Northern Ireland truck operators to learn more about the natural gas alternative to diesel and view an LNG-powered Volvo FH 6×2.
The surge of in interest in LNG in Northern Ireland follows the significant growth of LNG sales in Europe, where the fuel is now well established as the lower cost, lower emission alternative to diesel. With Calor set to extend their refueling network to Northern Ireland in 2020 and their option of providing back to base refueling stations for larger fleets, LNG will be an accessible solution for many businesses.
“All told, LNG is the best climate alternative on the market for long and heavy transportation and Volvo’s new natural gas-powered trucks can compete with diesel both in terms of performance and fuel consumption,” said John Comer, Head of Product Management at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland.
“Calor are committed to the role out of LNG in Northern Ireland. We have already started switching our HGV fleet from diesel to LNG to achieve 20% CO2 emission reductions. Our team is already working with customers to help them make the change to this cleaner fuel. Longer term, we see the opportunity for businesses to significantly reduce their fleet’s carbon footprint with a switch to bio-LNG. This would operate using the same fleet and refueling infrastructure – future-proofing the investment in this alternative fuel technology,” commentd Duncan Osborne, CEO of Calor.
Source: Dennison Commercials