Hermes UK has announced that it is adding 42 units to its fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicle fleet. The investment follows a successful 12-month trial that delivered carbon savings in excess of 4,000 tons.
Over the next few weeks Hermes will be integrating the 42 Iveco Stralis CNG tractor units to the fleet, bringing its CNG fleet to 72. Once introduced, the new vehicles will account for more than 40% of Hermes’ first-mile delivery fleet.
According to Hermes, each vehicle will reduce CO2 emissions by over 80% compared with a diesel Euro 6 vehicle. This will result in a reduction of 150 tons of CO2 per vehicle and 9,600 tons of CO2 across the 72 CNG vehicle fleet annually.
Jon Ormond, Hubs and Depots, Hermes UK, said, “At Hermes we are committed to ‘delivering a premium service that doesn’t cost the earth’, which reflects both our industry leading cost proposition and sustainable approach to business. As part of this we are continuing to support pioneering alternative low-carbon fuels to achieve our goal of slashing emissions. We will also be trialling DAF hydrogen tractor units next year and looking to expand our electric fleet outside London.”