Kinaxia Logistics’ ambitions to become net zero now include taking delivery of its first tractor units powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

The company has invested over £2m in Iveco S-Way tractor units for its primary division, replacing diesel vehicles in the fleet.

Richard Smith with one of the new CNG trucks

Richard Smith with one of the new CNG trucks

This division serves a client base including retailers, parcel carriers and delivery networks. It also includes the Mark Thompson Transport linehaul business, which has its headquarters in Warrington.

Richard Smith, MD of the division, said the new vehicles make up 10% of the primary fleet, with more on order for delivery in the New Year.

He said: “These CNG trucks produce 90% fewer emissions than diesel ones, leading to a reduction in CO2 of at least 100 tonnes per truck per year.

“The addition of these vehicles is a significant step as we look to create a carbon net zero linehaul and trunking fleet for our customers.

“We trialled the trucks earlier in the year and the feedback was extremely positive. Drivers reported a good driving experience, and a quieter cab.

“The units have a good specification and the CNG fuelling network is expanding as more sites continue to come on line.”

Other recent greener additions to the fleet include two Iveco CNG units at its haulage operation in Telford, and a 7.5 tonne Tevva electric truck in use for urban deliveries around Greater Manchester.

The company has also been running vehicles on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) exclusively on a number of dedicated customer contracts.