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Coca-Cola invests £1.75m in biomethane fleet

By: Elizabeth Smythe
13 March 2012

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has bought a fleet of Iveco Stralis biomethane vehicles and is fitting a refuelling station at its depot in Enfield, reports.

The carbonated drinks firm has made an investment of £1.75 million, purchasing 14 trucks and the refuelling station following a successful trial in collaboration with Cenex, the UK's Centre of Excellence for low carbon vehicle technologies, those with logistics companies jobs might be interested to learn.

Borne out of CCE'S desire to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Cenex was asked to compare gas lorries with their diesel-powered equivalents.

Cenex examined emissions, reliability, financial impacts and fuel consumption, discovering the gas-powered vehicles achieved a 50.3 per cent saving "in wheel to wheel GHG emissions", according to Fleet News. This saving will be raised further when the lorries can make use of the permanent refuelling station.

Cenex has released the findings in order to "eliminate the need for repeated technology comparisons", said Chris Walsh, head of technical support and consultancy. This should speed up the process of getting more 'greener' lorries on the roads.

"The success of this trial shows gas vehicles provide smaller if not better drive performance and reliability levels than incumbent diesel technologies, while significantly reducing CO2 emissions," he added.

"The report therefore gives fleet managers and decision makers the confidence to deploy gas vehicles in their own fleet operations."

The fleet should be fully operational in June this year.

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