McCulla Ltd, a chilled and frozen logistics company, recently became Ireland’s first waste-to-energy transport operator through a partnership with Lidl Northern Ireland. The company took delivery of 10 new IVECO S-WAY NP CNG 4x2 tractor units that will run on biomethane generated from Lidl food waste collected from 41 Northern Ireland stores. These are the first IVECO S-WAY NP CNG trucks to go into service in the UK.
Diesel’s On The Way Out
The Lidl fleet delivers fresh and chilled foods to over 300,000 customers each week and covers 2,300 miles daily. McCulla has an anaerobic digester plant in Lisburn where it has been creating fully renewable biomethane since 2017 to power its cold stores and other aspects of its business. The S-WAY NP CNG trucks mark the first time the company has used its own gas to power its fleet and is the beginning of its plan to phase out diesel trucks from its fleet of 100 in favour of gas trucks. Operating on biomethane will reduce carbon emissions on the firm’s retail deliveries by up to 95%.
About The S-WAY NP CNG
The S-WAY NP CNG trucks with AS sleeper cabs have a 460-horsepower (343-kilowatt) Cursor 13 Natural Power engine and a 12-speed HI-TRONIX automatic transmission. McCulla also specified front axle air suspension, and rear axle air suspension came with the trucks as standard. The gas-powered trucks run quieter than diesel, enabling McCulla to operate in urban areas in Quiet Mode for early morning and evening deliveries. The tractor units are joined by new Schmitz Cargobull V7 S.KO COOL refrigerated semi-trailers fitted with Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 units and high-efficiency solar panels from Genie Insights.
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