HAVI Germany will soon operate one of the country’s largest LNG vehicle fleets just six months after introducing its first natural gas-powered vehicles. HAVI recently switched nine more delivery trucks to natural gas and is on track to operate 35 LNG vehicles from its Duisburg distribution center. To speed up the low-carbon journey, HAVI is also increasing its own network of filling stations for LNG trucks.
“The success of our partnership with Scania is reinforcing our position as a recognized sustainability leader in the logistics sector,” according to HAVI. This partnership aims to transfer up to 70% of HAVI’s vehicle fleet to alternative fuels by 2021 in several of the European countries where HAVI operates.
Delivering green benefits is becoming increasingly urgent as the threat of low-emission zones, congestion charges and diesel bans in European towns and cities grows. “For our customers, sustainable supply chains with the lowest possible emissions are becoming more and more important. With our LNG fleet, we are contributing towards making our customers’ supply chains and products more sustainable,” said Roland Schmidt, Managing Director, HAVI Logistics, Germany.
The demand for sustainable transport solution is growing in the German market. “It is therefore necessary that the infrastructure of filling stations for natural gas also grows to pave the way for more sustainable transport system,” commented Stefan Ziegert, Product Manager, Sustainable Transport Solutions, Scania Deutschland Österreich.
Germany’s network of LNG filling stations is still developing gradually. In November 2018, HAVI opened the fourth LNG station in the country and another station is scheduled to open at the start of 2020. “Opening our own stations has been essential to making our alternative fuels strategy a success,” added Torsten Oldhues, Managing Director, Operations, HAVI.