February 14, 2021. Armstrong Logistics has taken delivery of five new Volvo FH LNG (liquefied natural gas) trucks as part of the business’s strategy to reduce its carbon emissions and improve the long-term sustainability of its operation.
The 6×2 tractor units join five conventional diesel Volvo FH 500 Globetrotter XL trucks that the company added to its 95-strong fleet towards the end of last year.
The new trucks have been specified with 155 kg LNG tanks for maximum range, and benefit from 12-speed I-Shift automated gearboxes to increase fuel efficiency further.
Marcus Fischer, Finance & Commercial Director at Armstrong Logistics, says: “As a business, we have embarked on a number of projects to reduce our carbon footprint and these new LNG-powered trucks play an important part in that. We did our research from articles in the press, spoke to key contacts in our sector and then held informal talks with three manufacturers, before deciding to go with Volvo.”
Armstrong Logistics worked closely with Volvo dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, as well as Gasrec – a major fuel provider for gas-powered commercial vehicles – to ensure the infrastructure and support was in place to make the move financially viable.
The FH LNGs each benefit from Volvo’s unique approach to gas engine technology, using small amounts of diesel to initiate ignition of the air-fuel mixture. This enables the Volvo G13C engine to deliver the same 460 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque as its diesel-only counterpart, with matching driveability, reliability and service intervals. Plus, Volvo’s gas powertrain provides engine braking just like a regular diesel – and without requiring a separate retarder which adds weight and complexity.
Expected to cover 200,000km per year, the trucks will be used on longer set runs – delivering a variety of goods from the business’s three consolidated logistics centres in Hinckley, Lutterworth and Doncaster. They will refuel at Gasrec’s flagship site at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).