Ocado Group has doubled the number of trucks in its fleet running on natural gas after ordering a further 30 Iveco Stralis NP tractor units.

The online supermarket said 10 have already entered service and the remaining 20 will follow throughout 2020.

In January last year it became the first UK retailer to self-fund the purchase of an onsite grid-connected gas refuelling station.

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Graham Thomas, Ocado Group’s fleet operations manager said: “We are committed to finding environmentally-friendly alternatives to diesel for our transport operation and this latest investment is the next step on that journey.

“As well as increasing the number of vehicles on the fleet we have also increased our blend of biomethane from renewable sources.”

Thomas added: “We’ve now clocked up more than 4,000,000 km of experience under gas power, and we know we can comfortably cover a 550km range when operating longer routes with our single deck trailers.”