Royal Mail adds 29 biogas trucks to fleet

Royal Mail is adding 29 biogas-powered trucks to its fleet.

In the coming weeks, the bio-CNG fuelled trucks, will be introduced to the company’s fleet in the North West of England, in addition to the two already in operation.

At 40 tonnes, the gas-powered trucks, fuelled by bio-CNG, are a similar size to a typical Royal Mail heavy goods vehicle (HGV). The vehicles can travel up to 400 miles at a time and are designed to help the company transport letters and parcels securely, while reducing any associated carbon emissions.

The new trucks will operate from Warrington, Chorley and Preston, while refuelling facilities are located nearby. Bio-CNG refuelling facilities are due to be expanded in locations across the UK in the coming years.

“As a company, we are committed to making changes to our operations that reduce our environmental impact,” said James Baker, chief engineer and fleet director at Royal Mail.

“Bio-CNG is a significantly more cost-effective and lower-carbon alternative fuel to diesel for HGVs. These vehicles enable us to deliver large payloads of parcels in the most environmentally friendly way possible.”

Gas-powered vehicles were originally tested by Royal Mail in 2017. Following a successful trial, two trucks were introduced to its fleet permanently in 2019-2020. It is estimated that these two trucks alone saved the company around 107 tonnes of CO2e annually.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, which recently announced it is building the world’s largest biomethane refuelling station in Bristol, commented: “CNG Fuels is delighted to support Royal Mail’s continued rollout of bio-CNG trucks, through our rapidly expanding network of large public-access bio-CNG stations.

“By running on our 100% renewable and sustainable biomethane fuel, Royal Mail will achieve more than 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”

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