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AO equips its fleet with new vehicles to reduce CO2

Fraikin has put 10 new CNG tractors into service with AO, as the online electrical equipment retailer seeks to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the sustainability of its utility vehicle fleet.

Signed under a five-year full-service lease agreement, the new IVECO S-WAY NP 4×2 tractor units are the first in AO’s fleet of 129 trucks to run on natural gas. The vehicles run on compressed biomethane and replace older diesel-powered trucks.

Supplied in AO’s stunning green vinyl livery and with single or double deck trailers, the new vehicles will transport large appliances between the company’s depots in Crewe and North London, covering around 125,000 miles a year. Over the past two years, the retailer has increased its warehousing capacity by more than 80% to 1.5 million square feet and rapidly expanded its distribution network to over 25 depots across the UK. In total, AO currently operates more than 1,000 commercial vehicles, including ultra-lightweight 3.5 tonne home delivery vans provided on contract hire by Fraikin.

“We are delighted to welcome the new CNG vehicles to our UK carrier fleet and to continue our successful partnership with Fraikin,” said David Ashwell, Managing Director of AO Logistics. “At AO Logistics, we are always looking for ways to improve our operations in terms of sustainability and fuel efficiency – testing these new IVECO tractors is a fantastic step towards reducing our impact on the environment.”

The new S-WAY NP features some of the most advanced gasoline transmission technologies available on the market, enabling operators to dramatically reduce carbon emissions by up to 95% when running on biomethane.

The new truck design features improved aerodynamics to help reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency. With large 1,052 liter fuel tanks, the S-WAY NPs will be more than capable of handling their intended operational junction routes, delivering a range of up to 380 miles on a full tank.

As a business, AO is also a leader in the recycling of used appliances, with its own state-of-the-art recycling facility in Telford – a commitment to reducing its environmental impact which Fraikin has helped reflect with the move away from fossil fuels.

If the new trucks prove successful, the company will look to replace more diesel-powered assets, with Fraikin again ready to offer advice and guidance on the best options available.