Tesco.com is in the process of taking delivery of 795 Iveco light commercials.
Tesco.com has also specified 25 natural gas-powered EcoDailys, these vehicles will run exclusively on Compressed Biomethane (CBM), which has the lowest carbon intensity of any commercially available fuel.
The combined order represents significant investment in British industry, with the bodywork being manufactured by Lancashire-based Solomon, the refrigeration units supplied by Suffolk-based Hubbard and GAH, together with telematics from Microlise in Nottingham. Even the natural gas vehicles will run on CBM produced by Warwick-based Gasrec, through a process of cleaning and upgrading waste gas streams from a landfill site in Surrey.
“The scale of the CBM trial will allow us to assess the performance of the natural gas vehicles comprehensively,” says Dino Papas, fleet transport manager at Tesco.com.
“It represents one of the most important trials we have ever run, and if it proves successful, it could have a major impact on our future transport strategy.”
Gasrec produces the CBM by recovering the latent energy stored in material discarded by society on a landfill site, meaning the fuel is not depleting fossil resources. In comparison with diesel, it reduces particulate matter by 90 per cent, nitrous oxide by 60 per cent and sulphur dioxide by 50 per cent. Even the noise from an engine running on CBM is reduced by around 30 per cent.
Commenting on Tesco.com’s decision to specify automated gearboxes across the new Iveco fleet, Papas adds: “We opted for the AGile transmissions as Iveco’s trial data shows that it reduces wear and tear on the driveline in urban applications, where the mainstay of our fleet operates. It’s also proven to optimise fuel economy, which supports our environmental goals, and will allow our drivers to place maximum attention on the road ahead.”
The new fleet will be spread across the majority of Tesco.com’s 300+ sites throughout the UK supporting the 70,000 home deliveries it makes each day. Each of the vehicles will remain in operation for five years and will clock up an average of 25,000 miles per year.
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