In May, Hartman Expeditie ran a one-week trial with two LNG demo trucks. This test went according to full satisfaction for the company, after which 7 trucks of the Scania, Volvo and Iveco brands were immediately purchased for the conditioned transport of fruit and vegetables to Scandinavia.
“Throughout the trial we primarily wanted to analyse the possibilities of LNG in saving on our CO2 emissions,” says Sybo Prakken, director of Hartman transport. “Making our business operations more sustainable is an added value that we can offer our customers, especially those in retail. In addition to purchasing the LNG trucks, we also use LHV combinations in Scandinavia, which further reduces our emissions. ”
For many companies in the logistics sector, purchasing an LNG truck is not an obvious choice on the face of it. The trucks are more expensive to purchase and maintain than the diesel variant. “The advantage of this trial was that we were able to clearly visualise the costs. In addition, we were able to train our drivers to refuel with LNG, since a course is required and we were able to map the LNG filling stations along the route. We hope to recoup the investment over time with the Maut discount we receive with it in Germany. ”
With LNG Hartman Expeditie can save more than 20% CO2 emissions. "In addition to the fleet, we also see opportunities to invest further in sustainability by installing solar panels on the new building in New Amsterdam, and we also have the ambition to install our own wind turbine on this new site."