Evri trials hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel on HGV fleet

Evri, formerly Hermes UK, has begun trialling Green D+ hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) in its HGV fleet in Brooklands.

The trial is being carried out in partnership with fuel technology company GBF.

Green D+ HVO is a renewable diesel replacement derived from waste and residue oils.

Green D+ HVO can be used in standard diesel vehicles without any modifications and the fuels can be mixed so tanks don’t need to be cleaned if they need to switch back to diesel.

According to Evri, this would achieve a 90% reduction in emissions. The trial will assess just how much more of this biofuel will be required than diesel since it has a lower calorific value than the fossil fuel.

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“At Evri, we are currently using compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for our first mile, client collections and trunking,” Evri head of fleet David Landy said.

“We have also been investing in electric vehicles for the ParcelShop fleet (final mile). The middle mile has been the tricky one to get right and we have trialled the 12t CNG [compressed natural gas] truck and continue to look at that as an option as well as electric vehicles.

“Green D+ HVO isn’t widely available and there’s a limited supply so it isn’t possible to run our entire fleet from this fuel but, subject to this trial, we believe it will be a viable option to help support our sustainable delivery commitments.”

GBF chief operating officer Magnus Hammick added: “We’re proud to welcome Evri to the GBF family of partners.

“All of our clients have one thing in common – they are determined to deliver on their net-zero commitments and are making every proactive change they can.

“Supporting Evri with Green D+ will not only help to reduce their emissions during deliveries, but it will also improve local air quality in communities, so we can all breathe a little easier.”

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