Romac Logistics takes Iveco natural gas tractors

Manchester, UK: Romac Logistics is one of the first UK operators to use Iveco’s compressed natural gas powered tractors with 10 new 4x2s and more on order.

These are the latest Iveco natural gas-powered heavy trucks using the 12.9-litre natural power 460hp Cursor 13 engine. The trucks will operate on several contracts for supermarkets. Five of the gas trucks will be based at Romac’s headquarters near Manchester with the others at its Wednesbury depot.

Green credentials are becoming an increasingly prevalent benchmark for businesses looking for a logistics affiliate and while natural gas brings huge reductions to carbon footprints, it is beneficial commercially too. In support of the mission to rapidly decarbonise the UK’s transport sector, fuel duty on alternative fuels such as compressed or liquified natural gas are locked at 50% that of diesel until 2032.

“Not only is there the important CO2 benefit, but there’s a cost advantage to gas fuelling so we intend to get these running as efficiently as possible, utilising them on double shifts over a 24hr period,” said Andy Newnes, commercial director, Romac.

“CNG is something that we wanted to tap into as part of our sustainability agenda and that seems to resonate as a number of interested parties have approached us since we began shouting about the gas trucks.”

Running on radial work means that the vehicles can be refuelled in shift as they return to base for reloading or trailer swaps. Romac has partnered with CNG Fuels for this and will use its 100% renewable biomethane supplies from Warrington and Erdington.

These are the latest Iveco natural gas-powered heavy trucks using the 12.9-litre natural power 460hp Cursor 13 engine. The trucks will operate on contracts for supermarkets

It is anticipated that the trucks will each cover around 160,000km per year, upon which a reduction in CO2 emissions of 125 tonnes per vehicle per year has been calculated.

“CNG Fuels is delighted to be working with Romac Logistics and supporting them with their rollout of Bio-CNG trucks”, said Peter Eaton, sales and business director, CNG Fuels.

“These vehicles will be running on our 100% renewable and sustainable biomethane fuel, helping Romac and their clients achieve more than an 85% reduction in GHG emissions. Our network of Bio-CNG Stations is rapidly developing across the UK, allowing companies like Romac to make the switch to renewable fuels nationwide.”

Supplied by South West Truck & Van in Avonmouth on a 5-year Iveco Capital Operating Lease, with repair and maintenance covering all but tyres.

The introduction of the CNG trucks has been straightforward,” Newnes said. “We carried out some simple driver training purely from a refuelling point of view, but everything else runs the same as a diesel unit which really has just allowed the drivers to jump in and go.

“Driver feedback has all been positive so far, as the refuelling is swift and naturally it’s physically much cleaner too. Far more pleasant. This is our first foray into Iveco product, but with the support of SWTV [South West Truck & Van] it’s been a strong first impression so far and we look forward to developing that relationship moving forward.”

The Iveco S-Way uses a streamlined body to enhance fuel economy over its predecessor by up to 4%.

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