The daily supply of goods to Barcelona is an overwhelming logistical exercise for which experience, skill and astuteness are necessary. It also requires a very sophisticated system of freight transport from modern warehouses outside the city limits to central locations. This is precisely what the largest food retailer in Spain (Mercadona) has achieved with the help of Scania and the local carrier A.T. Robles.
A.T. Robles brings goods from a new generation warehouse, located in the Catalan municipality of Abrera, to the narrow and busy streets of Barcelona. The company uses a Scania G340 powered by LNG to cover the 40-kilometer journey and meet the challenges of this crowded city. “This truck offers advantages in terms of particle emissions, it gives us access to the city when traffic restrictions are activated and it also reduces fuel prices,” said Albert Esteve Calderó, owner and general manager of A.T. Robles.
The content of the truck is emptied and refilled every eight hours, so the large logistics warehouse works with pinpoint accuracy and drivers must arrive at the right time. On the other hand, unlike the large warehouse loading facilities in Abrera, urban distribution in the metropolitan region of Barcelona is a constant challenge. With almost a million vehicles competing for a limited space, more than 20,000 trucks and twice as many vans have to face traffic problems every day.
The Scania LNG truck is a future investment for A.T. Robles. Barcelona is not as well known for its transit restrictions as the Spanish capital, but its goals for clean air levels are similar: reducing pollution by 30% to meet the standards of the World Health Organization. In fact, Barcelona is the first city in Spain to implement an emission classification system for vehicles that access the center. A video surveillance system identifies the emission performance of the vehicle by comparing license plates with the national vehicle registration database.
“When we get to the city center, the traffic is heavy, with many motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians appearing everywhere. Speculating about the developments of the next five to ten years is very risky, the changes occur so fast that nobody can anticipate them. In spite of this, it is evident that we are approaching a greater number of regulations and a wider variety of fuels,” added Esteve Calderó.
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