Based in Jaworzno, in southern Poland, Huber is one of many transport companies making a big push towards a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly operation – with roughly half of its fleet now running on natural gas.
Huber began the transition away from diesel in May 2019 and now has 64 tractor units running on LNG – comprising 29 IVECO Stralis NP and 35 Volvo FH LNG units. A typical route sees the trucks traveling across the continent, using LNG refueling facilities in countries including Poland, Germany, Belgium and now the UK.
On average, the company runs 25 truckloads into the UK every day – delivering general cargo including aluminum, pet food, paper, plastic containers, medical equipment, white goods, flooring and non-hazardous waste.
Huber discovered the Gasrec open-access refueling sites through IVECO’s online natural gas station map, and its fleet is now a regular visitor to Gasrec’s newest location in Sittingbourne, plus its flagship facility next to the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT). Opened in 2013, DIRFT is the largest fuel station of its kind in Europe, with the capacity to refuel 700 trucks per day.
“We are very pleased with how the relationship with Gasrec has developed. Setting up an account was simple and the accessibility of its sites is perfect for our needs,” said Agnieszka Stolarczyk, Board Member at Huber. “Gasrec provides us with fuel cards so our drivers can refuel 24/7 – it’s a flexible service and means we can deliver to any corner of the UK, fully confident our vehicles will have the required range.”
“We’re now seeing increasing numbers of European operators accessing our facilities and we anticipate this will continue to build as more firms make the transition to this cleaner and cheaper fuel,” commented James Westcott, Chief Commercial Officer at Gasrec. “The fact that Huber’s fleet sets off from a base more than 1,700km from DIRFT demonstrates that vehicle range needn’t be a barrier to unlocking the benefits of natural gas. The refueling infrastructure is continuing to grow across Europe, as more fleets realize the benefits offered by the latest generation natural gas-powered vehicles; but it’s the early-adopters like Huber which are enjoying the benefits immediately.”