South East based Timber merchant Lawsons has taken delivery of its first CNG-powered vehicle, a 26-tonne Stralis NP.

The truck joins a 90-strong fleet and was officially handed over at today’s (20 March) LoCITY Fuels in Action Roadshow held at Kempton Park Racecourse.

David Harvey, group transport manager at Lawsons, said: “The need to reduce emission levels, particularly in the London area, is a major issue and we wanted to become an early adopter of this new technology.

“We’ll be monitoring the performance of the Stralis closely, and if it performs well, we are very confident about adding more natural gas-powered vehicles when we replace older diesel trucks in the fleet.”

Lawsons intends to keep the truck in service for seven years, with an Iveco Elements repair and maintenance package in place. Service work will be carried out by Acorn Trucks in Waltham Cross.

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Iveco claims the 330hp truck, which will be based as Lawsons’ Camden depot, matches the performance of a 26-tonne diesel equivalent while being quieter and cleaner.

The manufacturer claims the NP emits 50% less NOx and 95% less particulate matter versus Euro-6 limits. There is also 95% less CO2 when using CNG than from a conventionally powered truck.

The Iveco NP was supplied by Dunstable-based dealer Northern Commercials.