Led by Air Liquide – world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health – and funded in part by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles in partnership with Innovate UK via the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Project, the ‘Dedicated to Gas’ trial will see large fleet operators including Kuehne + Nagel, Wincanton, ASDA, Brit European, Howard Tenens and Great Bear, trial the effectiveness of 81 dedicated gas-powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), as well as five cryogenic transport refrigeration units (TRUs).
The five HGV types being trialled range from 12 to 44 tonnes, and are all new to the UK market. The trial will road-test them across 10 different vehicle configurations, creating a wealth of valuable data on vehicle performance, fuel efficiency, reliability and cost. Trial vehicles running on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are expected to reduce CO2e emissions by up to 8 per cent, and those run on biomethane can expect to see a 70 per cent reduction in CO2e emissions, compared to a similarly sized diesel HGV.
The trial will also test the effectiveness of a new cryogenic TRU. The liquid nitrogen cooling system represents a zero-tailpipe emissions solution for refrigeration units, further reducing the overall CO2e and air quality emissions impact of HGVs.
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