Wincanton, one of the UK’s largest logistics companies, is trialling a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered vehicle as part of its general haulage fleet. The gas-powered Volvo FH LNG 460 is being trialled as part of Wincanton’s ongoing commitment to exploring alternative fuels.
Data from the trial, collected through an in-cab telematics system, will be scrutinised by the Wincanton technical team and also fed back to Volvo as part of the ongoing development of the vehicle.
The gas-powered Volvo FH LNG is available with a 420 or 460 hp engine that delivers performance and productivity on par with a regular Volvo FH with the same power rating. On a tank-to-wheel basis, when using LNG, it emits 20% less CO2 than a regular Volvo FH, allowing transport operators to take big steps towards sustainable transports. When fuelled with bio-LNG, a renewable natural gas, CO2 emissions can be reduced by 100%.
Carl Hanson, Wincanton’s Group Fleet Director, explained his company is reviewing the merits of gas-powered trucks. “This trial will give us an insight into the performance, cost and suitability of the Volvo vehicle and inform our future investment options.”