May 21, 2021. Royal Mail is expanding its use of low emission vehicles, with the addition of 29 trucks fueled by bio-compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG), to its fleet. This is an example of the company’s ongoing commitment to reduce emissions associated with its operations.
Over the course of coming weeks, the trucks will be introduced to the company’s fleet in the North West of England, in addition to the two already in operation.
At 40 tonnes, the gas-powered trucks are a similar size to a typical Royal Mail Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV). They are well designed to carry mail and equipment of all shapes and sizes and can be used on most roads and highways.
The vehicles can travel up to 400 miles at a time and are designed to help Royal Mail transport letters and parcels securely, while reducing any associated carbon emissions. Additionally, in the United Kingdom, Bio-CNG fuel can be significantly cheaper than diesel.
The new trucks will operate from Warrington, Chorley and Preston, where filling facilities are located nearby. Bio-CNG refueling facilities are due to be expanded in locations across the UK in coming years.
Gas powered vehicles were originally tested by Royal Mail in 2017. Following a successful trial, two trucks were introduced to its fleet on a permanent basis in 2019-20. It is estimated that these two trucks alone have saved the Company approximately 107 tonnes of CO2e annually.