Scania designed Euro 6 compliant trucks running on biomethane gas hit the road with Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of products are now being moved around the nation’s roads without a drop of diesel in sight thanks to five ground-breaking gas-powered Argos trucks.

Designed by Scania and complying with Euro 6, Europe’s latest clean exhaust emissions standard, the vehicles can run completely off biomethane gas, and release up to 70 per cent less carbon dioxide compared to their fuel counterparts.

David Landy, Argos Fleet Manager, said: “These trucks offer a glimpse into the future of the UK haulage industry, and as one the UK’s biggest retailers selling around 50,000 products, we’re delighted to be leading the way in getting products into our stores and customers’ hands in an environmentally friendly way.”

The new gas trucks can travel up to 350 kilometres without refuelling, and will be based at Argos’ distribution centre in Magna Park, Lutterworth.

Martin Hay, UK Truck Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited said: “We are delighted that Argos has become the first UK operator to put our dedicated gas-powered trucks into operation.  Today, there are approaching 4,000 gas-powered Scania vehicles in service around the world.  This, together with an ever-developing fuel-supply infrastructure, represents a major step forward in terms of combating emissions of greenhouse gas.”

The introduction into service of these vehicles also represents a major milestone in a project created by Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) to assess the benefits of gas to the UK haulage industry.

“A key aim of the project has been to introduce gas-powered vehicles into service at Magna Park in the run-up to a publicly-accessible gas refuelling station scheduled to open on site later this year,” said John Baldwin, Managing Director of CNG Services, which leads the project in collaboration with Gasrec, Argos, DHL Supply Chain, Culina Logistics and Eddie Stobart.

“In our view, the introduction of Argos’s new gas-powered Scania trucks will be transformational in terms of carbon dioxide emissions and their impact upon air quality in the coming years.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk.

Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 123m customer transactions a year through its stores and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 756 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business. Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

 

Scania information

Scania is a major supplier to UK industry of trucks, buses, coaches and engines for industrial and marine applications.  Additionally, the company provides a wide range of complementary and ancillary services in support of its products and customers through its 92-strong network of service centres.  In 2014, Scania’s share of the UK heavy truck market was 17.3% and its combined bus and coach market share amounted to 9.7%.

Based in Sweden and with production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is a global organisation which markets its products in around 100 countries worldwide.

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Scania designed Euro 6 compliant trucks running on biomethane gas hit the road with Argos

Scania designed Euro 6 compliant trucks running on biomethane gas hit the road with Argos

Argos launches fleet of newly branded trucks sporting the new brand colours and designs

Milton Keynes, 2014-10-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Leading online retailer Argos has announced the launch of a fleet of newly branded trucks. The 76 vehicles, all sporting the new brand colours and designs announced this week, will take to the road this autumn.

Part of Argos’ new multi-million pound advertising campaign, which will bring to life its ongoing drive to become a digital retail leader, the vehicles will carry the new strapline ‘GET SET GO ARGOS’ and feature vibrant colour explosions against a clean, white backdrop. The campaign is the biggest strategic change in its 40-year-plus history.

David Landy, Fleet Manager for Argos, said: “Our vehicles travel all over the country, seven days a week, delivering a range of 43,000 products to our 734 stores and direct to the doorstep, allowing customers to shop how and when they want. They will be seen and recognised by everyone, so it’s exciting to be part of the new campaign and the fantastic new Argos we are creating.”

The newly branded fleet comprises of 71 Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units and five Scania natural gas-powered trucks. The Scania trucks are designed to run completely on gas and provide carbon dioxide reductions of up to 70 per cent when run on pure biogas, as well as being extremely quiet.

The New Actros units, which will support Argos’ existing fleet of 400 tractors and 1000 trailers, are all powered by Euro VI 290 kW (400 hp) straight-six engines coupled to the Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmission. All feature the 2.3 metre wide ClassicSpace sleeper cab, which offers high levels of safety and comfort.

Helping maximise the new fleets’ efficiency, all 71 vehicles are equipped with Hatcher Components’ unique Active Freddie air management system. This ignition sparked cab top spoiler automatically adjusts to match the height of the trailer, minimising fuel consumption.

James Colbourne, Head of Strategic Accounts – Trucks, Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd, said:“Working with Argos on their latest Euro VI vehicles has been an incredibly interesting and positive experience. Argos has a new fleet that will provide a robust and reliable partner for many years to come.

“The new livery is sure to strike a chord and complement Argos’ strong brand image.”

The multi-million pound advertising campaign will start on October 14 and spans out-of-home, digital, social media, print, radio and in-store channels. The new brand identity will extend to: Argos’ websites and apps; stores, with updated point of sale, redesigned carrier bags and new uniforms; as well as the new vehicles.

 

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Notes to Editors:

For more information and images, please contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk.  Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 123m customer transactions a year and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 734 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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Argos launches fleet of newly branded trucks sporting the new brand colours and designs

Argos launches fleet of newly branded trucks sporting the new brand colours and designs

Argos the first retailer to bring in new ultra-low emission vehicles

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ —  Argos is set to pave the way in low-carbon deliveries, being the first retailer to bring in new ultra-low emission vehicles.

The five new compressed natural gas-fuelled trucks, supplied by Scania, will be on the road by the end of the year helping to deliver stock to Argos stores nationwide.

Designed to run solely on gas (compressed or liquified), the trucks provide carbon dioxide reductions of up to 70 percent when run on pure biogas, and are extremely quiet.

Argos Fleet Engineer, David Landy, said: “With such low emissions of carbon dioxide, the potential environmental benefits of running purely on gas exceed those of dual-fuel operation. It is an exciting prospect to be the first to put dedicated gas-powered trucks into service. We now look forward to taking delivery of them and evaluating their performance over the long term.”

The gas-powered trucks have been fully developed in-house by Scania and technician training is now underway to ensure that full nationwide service cover will be available when the first vehicles enter service.

“We are delighted that Argos is to pioneer the use of dedicated gas trucks in the UK,” comments Martin Hay, UK Truck Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Limited. “Today, there are approaching 4,000 gas-powered Scania vehicles in service around the world and this, together with an ever-developing fuel-supply infrastructure, represents a major step forward in terms of combating emissions of greenhouse gas.”

The vehicles are a further boost to Argos’ carbon reduction programme, which has recently seen the introduction of 19 multi-deck trailers with capacity that could reduce deliveries by one in every six trips, offering a possible CO2 emission saving of 16.7%.

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Notes to Editors:

The vehicles are called Scania P 340 LA4x2MNA tractor units, and are to be mainly used for store deliveries and will be based at Argos’s Magna Park, Lutterworth distribution centre. The nearby GasRec station at Crick will be used for refuelling. Each truck will be fitted with a total of eight 103-litre compressed natural gas tanks, which will give a maximum range of up to 500 kilometres, depending on weight and application.

Plated at 40-tonnes gross train weight, each vehicle will be equipped with Scania’s OC09 102, nine-litre, Euro 6 engine. Delivering 340hp (250kW) at 1,900 rpm and 1,600Nm of torque between 1,100 and 1,400 rpm, this engine offers a high thermal efficiency of 40 percent. In addition to meeting the Euro 6 exhaust emissions standard, when operated on pure biogas carbon dioxide savings of up to 70 percent can be achieved.

For more information, please contact the Scania press office by calling Chris Love on 01908 329270/ 07836 666878/ chris.love@scania.com or Phil Sampson on 01908 329384 / 07885 152132/ phil.sampson@scania.com.

Alternatively, you can contact the Argos Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014. Argos serves around 123 million customers a year through its network of 734 stores.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

About Scania
Scania is a major supplier to UK industry of trucks, buses, coaches and engines for industrial and marine applications. Additionally, the company provides a wide range of complementary and ancillary services in support of its products and customers through its 90-strong network of service centres. In 2013, Scania’s share of the UK heavy truck market was 18.1% and its combined bus and coach market share amounted to 8.3%.

Based in Sweden and with production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is a global organisation which markets its products in around 100 countries worldwide.

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