The aim is to constantly improve the company’s ecological footprint. Accordingly, the DRÄXLMAIER Group’s transport logistics has been using an LNG truck since 2017 – and has now (as of September 2018) clocked up a total of just under 125,000 kilometres.
LNG describes natural gas cooled to -161°C. At very low temperatures it changes from a gaseous to a liquid state. This causes the natural gas to shrink to six per cent of its original volume and therefore requires far less space. The greater energy density allows higher ranges with the same tank volume, making it ideal for transporting goods over long distances. In this configuration, a range of up to 600 km is possible on one full tank.
In 2017, DRÄXLMAIER transport logistics achieved a total saving of 416 tonnes of CO2e through the use of trucks with alternative powertrains and through innovative transportation concepts such as combined road-rail freight transport (766,000 km).
The use of natural gas trucks now means that around 18% CO2e in terms of “tank to wheel” can now be saved on every journey.
Besides the reduction in CO2e, LNG trucks effectively lower emissions of harmful pollutants such as nitrogen and sulphur oxides and particulates and also cut noise exposure compared with diesel trucks.
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