June 10, 2021. National distribution and warehousing specialists, Romac Logistics, has become one of the very first operators in the United Kingdom to press the new Iveco S-Way Natural Power into service. Joining a fleet of 220 trucks are 10 new 4×2 Iveco S-Way AS440S46T/P NP CNG tractors. A further order that will double this is currently being finalized.
These are the latest in Iveco’s line-up of natural gas-powered heavy trucks, employing the 12.9-litre Natural Power Cursor 13 engine at 460hp with a healthy 2,000Nm of torque between 1,100 and 1,600rpm. Putting that power to the ground is the smooth and well-respected 12-speed HI-TRONIX automated gearbox, with a ZF retarder providing plenty of low-maintenance stopping power without having to rely on the service brakes.
Romac ordered the Iveco S-Way NP to operate across a number of contracts, one running store replenishment for a national supermarket chain and the other on trunking functions between major Regional Delivery Centres for a global e-commerce business. Currently, five of the gas trucks will be based out of Romac’s Middleton Headquarters near Manchester while the others work from its Wednesbury depot in the west midlands.
In support of the mission to rapidly decarbonise the UK’s transport sector, fuel duty on alternative fuels such as compressed or liquified natural gas are locked at 50% that of diesel until 2032.
“Not only is there the important CO2 benefit, but there’s a cost advantage to gas fueling so we intend to get these running as efficiently as possible, utilising them on double shifts over a 24hr period,” commented Andy Newnes, Romac’s Commercial Director.
Running on radial work means that the vehicles can be refueled in shift as they return to base for reloading or trailer swaps. Romac has partnered with CNG Fuels for this and will utilize its 100% renewable biomethane supplies from Warrington and Erdington. It is anticipated that the trucks will each cover around 160,000kms per year, upon which a reduction in CO2 emissions of 125 tonnes per vehicle per year has been calculated.