Fraikin delivers 10 CNG-powered tractor units to AO

Commercial vehicle contract hire company, Fraikin, has delivered 10 CNG-powered tractor units to online electricals retailer AO in the UK.

Signed to a five-year, full-service contract hire agreement, the new IVECO S-WAY NP 4x2 tractor units are the first in AO’s 129-strong fleet to operate on natural gas. The vehicles run on compressed biomethane and replace older diesel-powered trucks.

The IVECO S-WAY NP features some of the most mature gas driveline technology available, enabling operators to reduce carbon emissions by up to 95% when running on biomethane.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the new CNG vehicles into our UK trunking fleet and continue our successful partnership with Fraikin,” said David Ashwell, managing director of AO Logistics.

“At AO logistics, we are always looking at ways to improve our operation in terms of both sustainability and fuel efficiency – trialling these new IVECO tractor units is a fantastic step towards reducing our impact on the environment.”

Supplied in AO’s green vinyl livery, the new vehicles will operate with both single and double-deck trailers. Carrying large appliances between the company’s depots in Crewe and North London, they are expected to clock up around 125,000 miles annually.

Mark Guilfoyle, business development manager at Fraikin, commented: “Having already supplied 63 tractor units into the fleet since the companies began working together in 2017, Fraikin has built up a solid understanding of AO’s business and are acutely aware of what is required from the vehicles it operates, as well as its wider environmental aims.”

If the new trucks prove to be a success, AO Logistics will look to replace more diesel-powered assets with Fraikin’s support.

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