Gasrec plans to increase the size of its Bio-LNG (liquified natural gas) tanker fleet by 300%.
The UK-based gas supplier said in February it would grow its delivery fleet in the next 12 months to meet the growing demand from transport and logistics companies for a lower-cost and more-sustainable alternative to diesel.
Earlier this year, Gasrec took delivery of its third cryogenic trailer from Bradford-based M1 Engineering, and it had two more in build for completion in the second quarter. The company also expected to add three more tankers in the second half of the year.
The tri-axle tankers, which can each carry up to 20 tonnes of Bio-LNG, will be operated by longstanding distribution partner Reynolds Logistics.
They will be used to replenish Gasrec refuelling stations across the UK, operating in conjunction with Volvo FM LNG 6×2 tractor units.
“Bio-LNG is stepping up to become the new fuel driving heavy truck sales within the most sustainable fleets,” said James Westcott, chief commercial officer at Gasrec. “The product from truck manufacturers is now mature, and in many ways it’s even better to drive than a diesel-engine model, being around 50% quieter.
“Just as we’ve been expanding our team and planning new refuelling sites, this investment will ensure our tankers can keep pace with rising demand for what is currently the only truly sustainable alternative fuel for long-haul trucks.”
In comparison with Euro-6 diesel, a typical 6×2 tractor unit operating on long-haul work and running on Bio-LNG emits around 90% less NO2 emissions, 99% less particulate matter and 95% less CO2, according to Gasrec.
Fleets transitioning to renewables are playing a key role in helping to meet the government’s voluntary target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from HGVs by 15% by 2025.
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