Retailer Is Deploying 35 Hardstaff-Converted Mercedes Trucks
Tesco, Britain’s largest retailer, is deploying 35 Mercedes trucks to be fueled with Gasrec Bio-LNG from a new station at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal in central England, Gasrec reports. The trucks have dual fuel systems from Hardstaff.
Gasrec describes the Daventry facility – known as DIRFT – as “a ground-breaking installation.” Gasrec’s first fueling facility will open there next month, and operate “much like a traditional petrol station.”
Bio-LNG, Gasrec says, is a “proprietary, future-proof blend of liquefied natural gas and liquid biomethane (LBM) – a natural, green source of renewable energy produced from organic matter such as household food waste and sewage.” Much of the Gasrec product is from a landfill gas facility west of London.
Tesco has a distribution center in Daventry, Gasrec says.
‘On Our Doorstep’
“A gas refueling station on our doorstep is ideal for us,” Tesco Distribution group environmental manager Joe Carthy says in a Gasrec release. “We are committed to converting vehicles to dual fuel and reducing carbon emissions,” he said.
“Gasrec’s infrastructure and Bio-LNG fuel will allow us to do this across our network in years to come.”
Gasrec notes that Tesco has taken advantage of the UK government-backed Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform (LCVIP), which provides match-funded grants to businesses to nurture low-carbon vehicle technologies.
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Source: Gasrec with Fleets & Fuels follow-up