DHL has 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 in the coming months.  The latest batch of vehicles will be operated from the logistics provider’s base in Bawtry, UK, 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.

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 COemissions.  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 duel fuel vehicle typically reduces CO2 emissions by 10 – 14%.  An estimated annual COreduction 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. 

IDHL looks for specific expertise from companies such as BOC, who have decades of experience in the building and operating of refuelling infrastructure and the supply and handling of cryogenic liquids, as well as Volvo Trucks, with its extensive knowledge of alternative drivelines and methane diesel (dual fuel).

Ian MacAulay, DHL Innovation & Business Development Manager commented, “The introduction of these innovative vehicles to the fleet at Bawtry marks the latest investment for DHL Supply Chain in our ongoing focus on sustainability and providing efficient solutions for our customers.  We’re delighted that the introduction of these new vehicles, now positions us squarely as the largest single dual heavy trucks fleet operator in Europe.”