ASKO SKAL SAMARBEIDE MED SCANIA OM HYDROGENDREVNE LASTEBILER

Norway, 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — ASKO har valgt Scania som leverandør av lastebiler til sitt hydrogenprosjekt. Hydrogen skal framstilles lokalt, ved hjelp av solceller. Målet er at både lastebiler og trucker skal kjøres med lokalt produsert hydrogen.

ASKO har en ambisjon om å bli klimanøytral. Ambisjonen innebærer at ASKO kun skal distribuere matvarer med fornybart drivstoff. Hydrogenprosjektet til ASKO Midt-Norge er et viktig ledd i denne strategien.

ASKO har definert et fremtidig drivstoffmønster hvor elektriske og hydrogendrevne biler vil være et satsingsområde når teknologien er ferdig utprøvd. Det er besluttet at ASKO Midt-Norge skal bygge et anlegg for produksjon av hydrogen. Erfaringene fra dette anlegget vil danne grunnlag for videre satsing på hydrogen innenfor ASKO.

Hydrogenteknologi har et stort potensiale som 0-utslippsalternativ for lastebiler på lengre distanser, mens elektriske lastebiler kan egne seg mer for bynær distribusjon. De første elektriske lastebilene vil komme på norske veier allerede i høst. De første hydrogendrevne lastebilene vil være i drift høsten 2018.

ASKO har søkt i markedet etter større distribusjonskjøretøy med rekkevidde opp mot 500 km som kan benytte hydrogen som drivstoff. Valget falt på Scania.

ASKO har bestilt tre treakslede chassiser med opsjon på ytterligere en bil. Lastebilene drives elektrisk med strøm fra brenselsceller som benytter hydrogen som drivstoff.

Enova bidrar økonomisk til prosjektet gjennom å støtte ASKOs investeringer i kjøretøy og hydrogenproduksjonsanlegg med i overkant av 19,6 millioner kroner. Selskapet anser prosjektet som viktig for å bygge kunnskap i bransjen om hvordan hydrogendrevne lastebiler vil fungere under tøffe norske forhold.

For mer informasjon ta kontakt:

ASKO MIDT–NORGE AS, Jørn A. Endresen, + 47 95287845

NORSK SCANIA AS, John Lauvstad, + 47 90684523

ENOVA, Audhild Kvam, + 47 95137086

FAKTA

Om ASKO:

ASKO er Norges største grossist, og leverer dagligvarer til NorgesGruppens kjeder. ASKO er også en betydelig leverandør til storhusholdnings- og servicehandelsmarkedet. ASKO omfatter 13 regionale ASKO-selskap. Med 600 lastebiler på veien hver dag er ASKO en av Norges største transportbedrifter

Source: Norges Gruppen

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.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

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

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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