Monday, March 27, 2017

Freight Haulier Trials Hybrid Truck and Biofuel in Swedish Operation

DSV and Mercedes Ally for Operational City Testing
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SWEDEN – Logistics group and road haulage operator DSV is currently testing a unique Atego Hybrid truck from Mercedes-Benz in its Malmo city distribution operation. The truck runs on both electricity and the new Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) 100 fuel. After a six-month test period in Malmo city traffic, the project will be evaluated. The results will help determine if electric hybrids can become long-term solutions to distribution in metropolitan areas, which are especially vulnerable to air pollution.

HVO is an advanced renewable biomass in the form of 100% synthetic diesel. Contrary to what the name implies, a large part of the Swedish HVO 100 is produced using slaughterhouse (animal) waste in addition to vegetable oils. HVO 100 may reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions by up to 90%. Other emissions (CO/HC/NOx and particulates) is 20-60% lower compared to regular diesel. Staffan Klinterhäll, Business area manager said:

"Mercedes Atego Hybrid is our latest investment in environmentally certified vehicles as part of our long-term efforts to reduce environmental impact. We definitely see the benefits of having a new type of distribution vehicle in urban traffic, as the combination of HVO and electricity produces significantly lower emissions levels of carbon dioxide. It will be interesting to see how it works to drive a hybrid in the urban environment and the environmental benefits it provides.”