Gasrec And Volvo Trucks Enter Gas Vehicle Partnership
The two companies will co-operate commercially and technically to increase the availability and promote the use of gas vehicles in the UK.
Gasrec is Europe’s largest supplier of Bio-LNG; a blend of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquid biomethane (LBM). LBM is a natural, green source of renewable energy produced from organic matter such as household food waste. Gasrec works with a number of market-leading companies including B&Q, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Volvo Trucks is a leader in alternative fuels being the first truck manufacturer in the world to produce trucks tailored to run on renewable liquid and gaseous fuels. Volvo believes that diesel engine technology is the most efficient combustion technology available today and since it requires few adjustments to run on alternative fuels – such as LNG or LBM – is fundamental to its environmental strategy.
When substituted for diesel, Bio-LNG can today cut fuel costs and CO2 by around 20 per cent. It also delivers improvements in air quality emissions with huge reductions in NOx and particulate matter.
Under the agreement, Gasrec and Volvo Trucks will focus on supplying vehicles to potential customers in the areas served by Gasrec’s growing refuelling network. The companies will also exchange technical information and promote Europe-wide standards for the gas vehicle industry.
“At Volvo Trucks we believe that the viability of carbon dioxide-free transportation is not limited by technology, but rather by the availability of alternative fuels. Gasrec is a key player in this and we are one of the leading truck manufacturers with an energy-efficient gas truck already available on the market. Together we believe that we can enhance and speed up the introduction of LNG and LBM to the transport business, both through own activities and by inspiring others,” said Lennart Pilskog, director of public affairs at Volvo Trucks.
Gasrec’s chief executive, Rob Wood, said: “We’re delighted to be working with such a well-known, trusted and forward-thinking company such as Volvo Trucks. It demonstrates the faith that major companies have in our ability to deliver.
He added: “The Gasrec-Volvo collaboration is another signal that LNG fuel, like our uniquely sustainable Bio-LNG, is the most viable alternative for businesses looking to cut costs and emissions from heavy duty vehicles.”
Gasrec is currently developing the UK’s first network of open-access Bio-LNG refuelling stations, which is set for completion in 2015. It opened the first of its eight facilities last month near Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT). Gasrec’s network promises ease of access for refuelling: each of the proposed locations is near motorway junctions, ensuring that 85 per cent of the UK’s HGV population is within four hours’ drive of a station.
For more information about Gasrec, please visit: www.gasrec.co.uk