March 10, 2020. Reynolds Logistics has put two new ADR specified Volvo FM LNG (liquefied natural gas) 6×2 tractor units into operation, working exclusively on its Gasrec contract.
Replacing two dual-fuel Volvo trucks, the new vehicles will deliver to Gasrec sites around the country – including Sittingbourne, Swindon, Tamworth and the company’s flagship refueling site next to the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).
Gasrec projects that one-third of the UK’s 44-tonne heavy truck market will have transitioned to natural gas within the next seven years, with approximately 39,000 gas-powered heavy goods vehicles (HGV) on United Kingdom roads.
James Westcott, Chief Commercial Officer at Gasrec, says: “As a company we believe it is crucial we practice what we preach, so to now be delivering all of our LNG using the latest technology gas-powered trucks is an important landmark. Natural gas is cleaner and cheaper than diesel and is currently the only truly sustainable alternative fuel source available on the commercial vehicle market.”
The two new FMs – which have a range of around 450 miles when pulling a fully-loaded tri-axle gas tanker – are based at Reynolds’ site in Grays and will load daily at the Grain LNG terminal on the Isle of Grain. They are each powered by Volvo’s G13C LNG engines, which develop up to 460 hp and a peak torque of 2,300 Nm – on a par with a regular diesel model with the same power rating, whilst reducing CO2 emissions by as much as 95 per cent when fueled with biomethane.
Andrew Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer at Reynolds Logistics, says: “We’re excited to see where natural gas will take the industry. The experience for us so far has been really positive – our drivers are very happy with the performance of the new vehicles. These LNG-powered trucks have very clear environmental benefits and we believe it’s our responsibility to play our part in helping to reduce air pollution as much as we can.”