DHL introduced 63 new dual fuel vehicles
In October 2013 DHL introduced 63 new dual fuel vehicles to its existing 38 - bringing the total in operation to 101 and making the company the single largest dual fuel heavy trucks fleet operator in Europe. A further 51 dual fuel vehicles are on order and set to join the fleet. The latest batch of vehicles will be operated from DHL's Campus in Bawtry, which now houses a dedicated state-of- the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling station, designed to minimise environmental impact and costs with the use of "zero loss" refuelling technology.
An estimated annual CO2 reduction of around 1,200 tonnes is expected at the Bawtry site in the coming years.
Dual fuel is an innovative technology that allows natural gas to be used in conjunction with diesel, reducing the total consumption of diesel and cutting CO2 emissions. The vast majority of diesel used by DHL Supply Chain in the UK is through its heavy goods fleet for which alternative technologies such as hybrids and electric vehicles are not viable.
The cost of diesel has risen by up to 43% over the last three years and produces 2.546kgs of CO2 for every litre burned, whereas LNG when used with diesel in a dual fuel vehicle typically reduces CO2 emissions by 10 - 14%. An estimated annual CO2 reduction of around 1,200 tonnes is expected at the Bawtry site in the coming years - a figure equivalent to 5,933 trailers full of CO2.
The move by DHL to use these vehicles, which are plated and designed to operate at 44 tonnes, will support the increasing need for DHL's customers to reduce their carbon footprint and the opportunity to reduce their overall logistics spend, as well as aligning to DHL's global GoGreen commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020.