Hermes is adding a further 70 units to its fleet of CNG fuelled vehicles in a move to further reduce emissions. This brings the total to 160 – around 50% of the company’s core hub tractor fleet.

Each of the new model Iveco S-WAY units being introduced reduces CO2 emissions by over 80% when compared to a Euro-6 diesel vehicle. This is an estimated reduction of 150 tons of CO2 per vehicle and over 24,000 tons of CO2 across the 160 CNG vehicle fleet annually.

Other benefits include 70% less NOX, 99% less particulate matter, 90% less NMHC and 88% less methane.

The move follows Hermes’ recent announcement that it is one of the first companies to trial the Iveco Eurocargo, a new 12-tonne vehicle, which also runs on CNG (compressed natural gas).

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With 204hp and maximum torque at 750Nm, the Eurocargo boasts 35% less NOx emissions and 95% less particulate matter along with an 80% reduction in CO2 when compared to a traditional diesel vehicle.

Hermes currently uses an electric vehicle fleet for its central London routes, so if the trial is successful the company will have an alternative fuels vehicle option for every journey.

David Landy, head of fleet at Hermes UK, said: “Sustainability is a big focus for us at Hermes as we recognise our responsibility as one of the UK’s largest consumer delivery companies. We are committed to putting ESG at the heart of every aspect of our business, through innovative products and processes. As such we were an early adopter of CNG as an alternative fuel and are continuing to increase its presence in our fleet, significantly reducing our emissions.”

Iveco UK heavy business-line director, Gareth Lumsdaine added: “An incredibly prominent national operator on our roads, Hermes already run one of the largest IVECO CNG truck fleets. We are therefore honoured that they will continue to grow this with us, taking the new IVECO S-WAY CNG and cementing not just our position as a market-leader in natural gas propulsion, but theirs as pioneers in commercial transport decarbonisation.”