Armstrong Logistics has added five new LNG-powered Volvo FH 460s to its 95-strong truck fleet, each supplied on contract hire through Volvo Financial Services.
Specified with 155kg gas tanks, the 6x2 tractors are expected to cover 200,000km per annum, and are part of the Lutterworth-based haulier’s business strategy to reduce its carbon emissions and improve the long-term sustainability of its operation.
Marcus Fischer, finance and commercial director at Armstrong Logistics, said: “We did our research from articles in the press, spoke to key contacts in our sector and then held informal talks with three manufacturers, before deciding to go with Volvo.”
The haulier worked closely with supplying dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, and fuel provider Gasrec, to ensure the infrastructure and support was in place to make the move financially viable.
“The big focus has been on unlocking both financial and CO2 emissions savings by switching to a cleaner and lower cost fuel,” added Fischer. “We were really helped along the way thanks to the clear data given by the team at Wales and West, which we were able to plug into our whole life cost calculator and confidently predict the benefit these trucks would bring.”
Fischer confirmed that “if the figures stack up”, and driver acceptance is good, it would consider adding more gas-powered trucks in the future.