Royal Mail is to expand its fleet with 29 new Iveco Stralis NP 460 CNG-fuelled trucks.
The new trucks will operate from Warrington, Chorley and Preston, where refuelling facilities are located nearby and will join two other CNG-powered vehicles that are already operational.
James Baker, chief engineer and fleet director at Royal Mail said: “As a Company, we are committed to making changes to our operations that reduce our environmental impact. Bio-CNG is a significantly more cost effective and lower carbon alternative fuel to diesel for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). These vehicles enable us to deliver large payloads of parcels in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.”
Royal Mail first tested gas-powered vehicles in 2017 and having introduced two trucks onto its fleet on in 2019-20 and in doing so estimates 107 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been saved.
Postal Affairs minister Paul Scully said: “Tackling climate change is a truly national effort, so it’s great to see Royal Mail doing its bit to cut down on emissions from its fleet. Innovations like this are crucial to ensuring we build back greener from the pandemic, and customers will be pleased to know their post and parcels aren’t costing the earth.”