Logistics provider Victorian Freight Specialists (VFS), based in Dandenong, has taken its first step toward a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered fleet by acquiring an Isuzu NPR 300 CNG. The company chose the NPR 300 CNG because it delivers reduced exhaust emissions, eliminates the release of harmful particulates and is cheaper to run than other clean fuel options. The company is considering adding more CNG-powered trucks to its growing fleet as a viable alternative to traditional diesel fuel.
VFS Owner and Director John Rowe said that adding the CNG truck to its fleet not only reduced the company’s own carbon footprint but is also helping to win business with customers whose own operations acknowledge environmental benchmarks and requirements.
“We chose to purchase the Isuzu NPR 300 CNG because when we respond to a range of tenders for large corporations, it’s important to show that we are thinking about our environmental impact and reducing our carbon emissions – we must meet very strict environmental policies,” Mr Rowe said.
With the advent of the carbon tax from July 1, Australian businesses, especially those in the transport and freight sector, are coming under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon emissions.
The vehicle conforms to Japanese New Long Term 05 (JNLT 05) emissions standards. As of 1 January 2011, all new trucks greater than 3.5 tonne GVM sold in Australia are required to meet Australian Design Rules ADR80/03 exhaust emissions standards. Vehicles with engines rated to the European Euro V, United States US EPA 07 or Japanese JNLT 05 measures are generally acceptable under ADR80/03.
Mr Rowe explained that the NPR 300 CNG – which has been fitted with a six pallet tautliner and one tonne tailgate lifter – was purchased as a trial to test the truck’s performance, and the results proved very pleasing, including sufficient power. The 4,570 cc CNG 130 4-cylinder engine with multipoint CNG fuel injection delivers 96 kW maximum power at 3,200 rpm and 353 Nm maximum torque at 1,400 rpm.
“This truck has a designated route. It covers a round trip of approximately 200-220 kilometres each day in the hills of the Yarra Valley, Diamond Creek and Mernda. The driver makes around 40-50 deliveries per day in the NPR 300 CNG,” Mr Rowe said.
VFS will consider CNG fleet expansion with the increasing number of refueling stations in Victoria and is considering installing a CNG refueling station at its main depot in Dandenong.
The Isuzu NPR 300 CNG joins a fleet of 40 company vehicles, approximately 60-80 sub-contractors and over 140 staff completing overnight intrastate and metropolitan deliveries.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Victorian Freight Specialists press release)