Gasrec has bet a small fortune on the future of natural gas as a road transport fuel. Chief executive Rob Wood tells Steve Hobson that the odds are moving in its favour. For those in the road transport industry with long memories, the era of gas-powered vehicles has dawned before – but proved to be false. Will things be different this time, as diesel is not only more expensive now but is being demonised for its carbon dioxide, particulate and […]
Online retailer Ocado has opened a new grid-connected compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling facility as part of a wider £3m investment in gas technology across the fleet.
The arrival of high horsepower natural gas tractor units from some of the major truck manufacturers, the steady expansion of the UK’s gas refuelling network and a substantial discount on the fuel duty levied on gas now mean more operators are beginning to take a serious look at gas power.
Burning methane (natural gas) as an alternative to diesel to power heavy trucks can reduce carbon emissions by around 16% – but switching to biomethane produces even more dramatic reductions of up to 65%. But if biomethane is to become a viable mainstream alternative to diesel for road transport there are still many hurdles to overcome, as a conference held in London in June this year heard.