Gregory Distribution is extending the use of Bio-LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) into its milk transhipment operation, with the recent arrival of 12 new Volvo FM Globetrotter LNG 6×2 tractor units for its Cullompton base – each expected to clock-up 200,000km per year for the next five years.
The FM LNGs are joined by a further three new FH LNGs for its Avonmouth depot, increasing the number of gas-powered Volvos in the fleet to 35 – with recently announced plans by the company to transition at least five per cent of its fleet from diesel to cleaner fuels every year.
Supplied by Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland’s national fleet team, the new FMs offer a payload advantage of nearly 700kg over the FH, making them perfect for hauling laden milk tankers around-the-clock.
Gregory Distribution has spec’d the FMs to meet Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating – ensuring they meet the minimum requirement to enter Greater London from 2024.
Each FM has been built to a high-specification, featuring four options packs designed to increase fuel-efficiency and driver appeal.
The trucks are fitted with Michelin X Line Energy steer and pusher axle tyres, and X Multi Energy fitments on the drive axle, for low rolling resistance and maximum range.
The new vehicles are finished in Gregory Distribution’s chocolate brown paint – one of 800 different hues, tints, and shades available from the Volvo Trucks factory.
Power is provided by Volvo’s proven G13C engine which delivers the same 460 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque as a standard 460 hp diesel.
The trucks will be fuelled from a skid-mounted Bio-LNG refuelling facility at the customer’s Cullompton base.