Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Firm Experimenting with Gas Powered Road Haulage Vehicles

New Units Save on Emissions as Against Euro VI Trucks
Shipping News Feature
AUSTRIA – EUROPE – Freight forwarding firm Gebrüder Weiss has taken delivery of its third gas powered truck as the company continues to test the waters of new technology with regard to its search for eco-friendly drive technologies in everyday logistics work. The latest vehicle runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) and will be used to carry freight for consumer goods manufacturer Henkel between the customer's plants in Vienna and Kruševac in Serbia.

For each return trip, the Gebrüder Weiss gas-powered truck will cover a distance of about 1,700 kilometres. The new, sustainable direct service scores very highly for its environmental footprint, the gas-powered truck saving about 20% of CO2 on every trip, as compared with a Euro-6 diesel truck.

The partnership between Gebrüder Weiss and Henkel goes back over 25 years, with the logistics group carrying freight both overland and by sea between various Henkel production locations in Europe and Asia. Since 2016, Gebrüder Weiss has also been responsible for transporting detergent products from the Henkel location at Körösladány in Hungary to over 20 countries worldwide, chiefly the US, Australia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Korea.

The other gas-powered trucks are already in service for GW at locations in Vienna and Memmingen and, since September 2018, the company has also been testing a fully electric truck in the urban area of Vienna. This is primarily associated with the attempt to electrify urban delivery traffic, where zero emissions and reduced noise pollution are patently a very important pair of targets. Speaking of the latest development, Patrick Csar, Logistics and Export Manager Supply Chain Laundry & Home Care at Henkel, observed:

“On this regular circuit, the truck will transport detergents and cleaning agents between Austria and Serbia two or three times a week, covering over 200,000 kilometres a year. We're currently working with Gebrüder Weiss to see whether this transport solution could also be used on other routes.”