Independent European logistics service provider Vos Logistics has further greened its transport fleet by taking five new trucks into service that drive on liquefied natural gas (LNG). In the fourth quarter of the year the company will add another six LNG trucks to its fleet, bringing the total number of Mercedes-Benz Econic LNG trucks to 14. LNG trucks can also be driven on LBG (liquefied biomethane or biogas) and have a range of about 1,200 kilometres. They are therefore a sustainable alternative for use in national distribution such as deliveries to urban retailers.
Vos Logistics will use the LNG trucks for national distribution in the Netherlands, Belgium and western Germany. Vos Logistics has identified this segment as a strong growth market.
Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) emits fewer harmful substances such as NOx, SOx, particulates and greenhouse gases. In comparison with diesel, Euro 5 trucks emit 30% less CO2 and as much as 85% fewer particulates. By using LNG trucks, Vos Logistics can operate in full compliance with its customers’ sustainability policies.
For Frank Verhoeven, CEO of Vos Logistics, driving on LNG is one of the alternatives available to further reduce the emission of CO2. “In the first half of the year, we cut our CO2 emissions by a further 3%, thanks in part to the use of LNG trucks. More importantly, our customers are expecting us to deliver sustainability. A good example is floor covering manufacturer Desso. It has adopted the ‘Cradle to Cradle‘ principle, in which products are made from materials that are safe for human use and can be biologically and technically re-used at the end of their lives. At the same time, it uses production processes that guarantee sustainable energy consumption, water savings and eco-effectiveness. The company also works closely with suppliers who respect the same principles. Desso has therefore decided to use LNG trucks to distribute its products because they strengthen its sustainability policy.”
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The Econic NGT with gas-powered engine complies with the ECE R110 certification regulations as well as the strict EEV (Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle) emissions standard, undercutting the Euro 5 emissions standard. When running on biogas, its environmental performance is CO2 neutral. The emissions produced by the Econic with natural gas drive do not contain any fine dust or particulates.
The M 906 LAG natural gas engine produces 205 kW (279 hp) from a displacement of 6.9 litres, and achieves a maximum torque of 1000 Nm. Noise emissions are up to 50% lower than those from a comparable diesel engine equipped with noise encapsulation.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Vos Logistics press release)