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Gregory Distribution grows bio-LNG fleet

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UK-based Gregory Distribution is extending the use of bio-LNG (biomethane) in its milk transportation operation with new tractor units.

The company is awaiting the arrival of 12 new Volvo FM Globetrotter LNG 6x2 tractor units for its base in Cullompton, Devon, each expected to clock up 200,000 kilometres per year for the next five years.

The new FM LNG tractor units are joined by a further three FH LNG units for Gregory’s Avonmouth depot, near Bristol, increasing the number of gas-powered Volvos in its fleet to 35.

“We put our first LNG trucks on the road 18 months ago and the reduction in carbon emissions has been clear to see,” said Andrew Chapple, Gregory Distribution’s director of fleet, property, and procurement.

“There is a growing expectation from our customers to help them in their own sustainability drive, and these Volvos are the perfect solution.

“For long-distance haulage, bio-LNG is the most sustainable option on the market today and our drivers have welcomed the transition. Compared with diesel, these trucks offer the same driveability, reliability and service intervals; plus, they are around 50% quieter, which brings additional benefits from both a driver and delivery perspective.”

The trucks will be fuelled from a skid-mounted bio-LNG refuelling facility at Gregory’s Cullompton base, with the vehicle’s range sufficient to undertake a return trip to the home counties, surrounding London.

Plans are in place with Gasrec to install a larger four-bay station in Cullompton, as Gregory’s biomethane-powered fleet continues to grow.