Kuehne + Nagel has put eight new Volvo FH Globetrotter LNG tractor units into 24/7 operation on two major contracts with Whitbread and Costa, as part of a drive to reduce emissions and improve the sustainability of its transport operations.

Their arrival marks the first Volvos to enter service in Kuehne + Nagel’s UK fleet, following the firm’s participation in the Innovate UK-funded ‘Dedicated to Gas’ project.

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This evaluated the viability of Euro-6 gas heavy goods vehicles as an alternative to diesel and demonstrated their potential to unlock significant CO2 savings and reduce running costs.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia, the 6x2 pusher-axle tractors feature 155kg LNG tanks and benefit from Volvo’s 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission, which helps to maximise fuel efficiency.

The specification also includes the latest generation I-See predictive cruise control system, which analyses the topography to optimise speed and gear changes.