Refuelling the trucks with Distilleries Director, Stuart Watts (1)

Distiller Glenfiddich has taken delivery of three 4x2 gas powered Iveco Stralis NP 460 trucks, which will be powered by biofuel made from the company’s whisky by-products.

Supplied by Preston-based Iveco dealer Walton Summit Truck Centre, they have been converted to 6x2 tractors capable of running at 44-tonne Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). The vehicles are equipped with Iveco’s 12.9-litre CURSOR 13 engine, producing 460-horsepower and 2,000-Nm of torque. They also come with a 12-speed Hi-Tronix automated gearbox and Iveco’s predictive gear-shifting and cruise control system, dubbed Hi-Cruise. The trucks also offer service intervals of up to 90,000km.

These latest additions to the fleet will play a key role in the distiller’s ‘Fuelled by Glenfiddich’ initiative which has seen engineers at parent company William Grant & Sons develop a way to use the by-products of its distilling process to create a low-carbon, low-particulate biofuel which will be used to power the trucks.

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William Grant & Sons’ Dufftown site leader, Kirsty Dagnan, said: “William Grant & Sons has been a pioneering distiller for more than 130 years, always exploring new processes and techniques to create sustainable benefits for our business and communities.

“It has taken more than a decade for Glenfiddich to become the first distillery to process 100% of its waste residues on its own site, then to be the first to process those residues into biogas fuels to power its trucks, and finally to be the first to install a biogas truck fuelling station supplied by our on-site renewable energy facility.

“We are proud to have achieved these renewable energy breakthroughs in our industry, and to be working with a pioneering partner such as Iveco as we scale up the de-carbonising benefits of this closed-loop process across our entire transport fleet.”

Iveco heavy business-line director, Gareth Lumsdaine, added: “With our natural gas trucks, we’re committed to transitioning the transport industry to a cleaner, greener future. We expect high profile innovators such as Glenfiddich joining the movement to help accelerate this important shift and we believe that a circular economy approach is key to pushing for negative greenhouse gases. If the process helps bring great scotch along the way, then that is even better.”