Dual Fuel UK: A good mix
Heavy trucks, especially long-haul vehicles, are responsible for the largest share of road-based greenhouse gas emissions in the UK as well. While hybrid and electric powered vehicles are effective for short and medium-range distances, they offer neither the load capacity nor the range required for long distance transport. Our solution is the dual-fuel engine, which is suitable for use in heavy trucks assigned to long-haul routes and, at the same time, more eco-friendly than conventional diesel engines.
In 2013 DHL Supply Chain UK deployed 100 of these 44 tonne dual-fuel trucks in the UK whose engines run on a mixture of diesel fuel and natural gas. This expanded our fleet of eco-efficient commercial vehicles in the UK to a total of 127. Thanks to the dual-fuel engine, the new trucks generate 14% less CO2 emissions than our conventional heavy trucks.
For refueling the dual-fuel vehicles, DHL Supply Chain UK has installed a liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling station at its facility in Bawtry outside Sheffield. Along with the environmental benefits, this transition to dual-fuel technology brings an added benefit: lower diesel consumption means lower costs.