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Biggest Biogas Lorry Trial Hits The Road
Biogas-fuelled lorries are about to hit British streets in force as the largest trial of natural gas-powered vehicles gets underway.
Funded by the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles, an offshoot of the Department for Transport, the project involving 81 lorries of various sizes is a joint initiative between the government and Innovate UK’s Low Emission Freight and Logistics Project.
Heavy good vehicles (HGVs) from 12 to 44 tonnes will take to the road powered by natural gas. Their performance will be assessed in terms of reliability, efficiency and cost. A number of companies are taking part in the project, including Kuehne + Nagel, ASDA and Great Bear.
Around ten different vehicle configurations will be assessed and the lorries will be fuelled by compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and biomethane. It is expected that the vehicles will achieve CO2 reductions of up to 70 per cent compared with diesel-powered HGV.
Fleet operations manager at ASDA John Rogerson said that the supermarket chain is committed to sustainable transportation and is “proud to be part of the select group of operators trialling new low emissions HGVs in the UK for the first time”.
He went on to that the trial will “hopefully demonstrate the impact low-emissions HGV technology can have on the entire industry” while also helping ASDA reduce its carbon footprint.
Earlier this year, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles announced that it would invest £20 million in 20 trial projects to develop and assess low and zero emission technology for vehicles as part of the UK’s commitment to meeting its CO2 targets.
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