Positive news for gas truck operators
The latest statistics show that the bio-gas content of gas supplied for road transport use has now reached 80%. Previously, the environmental appeal of the fuel has been blunted by the low proportion of bio to fossil-derived content. As a result, operators aiming to deliver genuine reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have been discouraged from making the change.
In 2019, 14,466,554kg of gas was used for transport, of which 11,313,568kg was RTFO approved bio-methane.
Mike Foster, CEO of the trade body Gas Vehicle Network said “Clean, low carbon, gas powered vehicles are an obvious, sustainable ‘no brainer’ for the freight and transport industry. These latest statistics- a 22% increase from 2018- clearly show the direction of travel for the HGV sector. This is the result of the gas vehicle industry delivering vehicle technology and widespread infrastructure together with financial incentives- through the governments’ fuel duty differential scheme.”
“There are also great environmental benefits of gas in transport. Bio-methane fuelled HGVs emit 85% per cent less carbon into the atmosphere compared to a ‘clean’ Euro 6 diesel. Fleet managers and Government can achieve substantial carbon savings immediately by switching to low carbon gas powered heavy vehicle transport. The government also has in place a fuel duty differential until 2032, thanks to the work of GVN making it financially a sensible decision to switch to gas from diesel.”
With the technical and environmental issues addressed to a more satisfactory degree, the last remaining major hurdle is the public access refuelling infrastructure, although slow but steady progress is being made.
Meanwhile, the German authorities have announced that the MAUT motorway toll charge exemption for CNG and LNG heavy-duty trucks is to be extended until the end of 2023, subject to parliamentary approval.
In the spotlight: Newell & Wright: MAN TGS Racetruck
After an 18-year break, John Newell is truck racing again. And he’s doing it in style in this Newell & Wright Motorsport Truck Racing MAN TGS.
“A lot has changed in my 18-year absence,” says truck racer John Newell, who at the time of writing sits fourth in the MV Commercial BTRA Championship. “I started racing in a Volvo FM, and I won the championship in a Ford Cargo. The difference between those trucks and this MAN is night and day.”
Newell explains that about the only thing that’s standard in his £250,000 MAN TGS race truck is the chassis. He says he has two employees working on the truck permanently, and that it takes between four and five days to get it looking as smart as it does in these photos after a race meeting.