(From left) Ian Clough, MD, network logistics and transport, DHL Supply Chain; Marion Taylor-Ringsell, VP operations, dedicated transport and asset management centre of excellence, DHL Supply Chain; Hannah Burgess, director, new vehicle sales, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland

DHL Supply Chain has added 13 new Volvo FH LNG tractor units to its fleet as part of plans to have more than 500 gas vehicles in its fleet by 2025.

The Volvo FH 6x2 tractor units are equipped with Globetrotter cabs and specified with 155kg LNG tanks for a maximum range of 1,000km.

The new vehicles, which are part of wider plans to cut DHL Supply Chain’s environmental impact, will deliver up to 80% reduction in carbon emissions when fuelled with bio-LNG and a reduction of 10-20% using fossil gas.

They use small amounts of diesel to initiate ignition of the air-fuel mixture which enables the Volvo G13C engine to deliver the same 460 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque as its diesel-only counterpart and match driveability, reliability, and service intervals.

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Ian Clough, DHL Supply Chain UK’s MD of network logistics and transport, said: “As part of the world’s largest logistics company, we have a clear set of ambitious environmental targets to achieve, as well as ones to deliver for our customers.

“To help enable greener supply chains and support our customers in their proactive approach to sustainable transport, we continue to work closely with both our customers and partners to find the best solutions.

“The Volvo gas truck is an excellent product, and Bio-LNG is a viable option to achieve significant carbon reduction in long-haul distribution.

“We’ve been impressed with the FH LNG units we already have in service and our intention is to accelerate our investment in gas trucks moving forward.

“We are talking to a number of different customers with the aim to have more than 500 gas vehicles in operation across the fleet by 2025.”