Hermes UK has placed an order for 70 Iveco S-Way trucks fuelled using compressed natural gas (CNG), bringing the total number of these vehicles in its fleet to 160.
The new Iveco S-Way trucks will produce 80 per cent less CO2 emissions compared to diesel trucks which comply with Euro VI standards – the standards most commonly used for low-emission zone requirements.
Other benefits include an 88 per cent reduction in tailpipe methane emissions and a 70 per cent reduction in nitrous oxide (NOX), a common air pollutant.
The delivery firm estimates that its 160-strong CNG vehicle fleet will reduce its annual CO2 footprint by some 24,000 tonnes.
Hermes also confirmed plans to trial the Iveco Eurocargo, a 12-tonne van that runs on CNG, across routes in central London.
Hermes head of fleet David Landy said: “Sustainability is a huge focus for us as we recognise our responsibility as one of the UK’s largest consumer delivery companies. We are committed to putting sustainability at the heart of every aspect of our business, through innovative products and processes.
“As such, we were an early adopter of CNG as an alternative fuel and are continuing to increase its presence in our fleet, to drive down emissions.”