A total of 10 CNG-powered tractor units have entered operation at electricals retailer, AO.

The order was delivered by Fraikin and the trucks are subject to a five-year contract hire agreement.

Specifically, the pledge to run CNG-powered trucks is designed to help AO reduce its carbon footprint.

In addition, it is hoped that the move will help improve sustainability across the operator’s truck fleet.

The Iveco S-Way NP 4x2s are the first natural gas vehicles that AO has run.

Importantly, the CNG-powered trucks replace diesel-fed tractor units. 

In other words, Fraikin highlighted how the new trucks could provide a cost-effective solution.

As a result, AO went with the option that ticked all of the environmental boxes.

David Ashwell, MD, AO Logistics confirmed the order. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome the new CNG vehicles into our UK trunking fleet. 

“In addition, we are delighted to continue our successful partnership with Fraikin.

“At AO Logistics, we are always looking at ways to improve our operation in terms of both sustainability and fuel efficiency. 

“Therefore, trialling these new Iveco tractor units is a fantastic step towards reducing our environmental impact.”

 The new CNG-powered vehicles will operate with both single and double deck trailers. 

In addition, they will carry large appliances between the company’s depots in Crewe and North London.

As a result, they are expected to clock up around 125,000 miles a year.

The new IVECO S-WAY NP features some of the most mature gas driveline technology available on the market. 

Therefore, operators can reduce carbon emissions by up to 95% when running on biomethane.

Importantly, the new truck design features improved aerodynamics . 

And, with 1,052-litre fuel tanks, the S-Way NPs will offer up to 380 miles on one tank.