AB Texel makes transport sustainable with Bio-LNG trucks from Volvo 

Due to proven reliability, AB Texel is investing in fifty Volvo FH trucks running on (Bio-)LNG. The trucks will be widely used for regional and international transport. With the joint focus on CO2 reduction, the company sees Volvo Trucks as a perfect partner to achieve its sustainability goals.

Once again AB Texel chooses (Bio-)LNG trucks from Volvo. The good fuel efficiency, proven reliability and positive experiences with the service network, were decisive for this. "Electric driving is not yet fully adequate for our use in heavy and international transport. With Bio-LNG, on the other hand, it is possible to directly reduce CO2 emissions. Fortunately, the availability of Bio-LNG is increasing, also abroad, which means we can make increasingly flexible use of this biofuel," says Dennis Wetenkamp, CEO of AB Texel.

CO2 emissions sharply reduced
To take a first step toward an emission-free future, AB Texel purchased a series of five trucks running on (Bio-)LNG back in 2016. Today, the organization has dozens of them. The purchase of fifty new gas-powered Volvo trucks, is a nice and solid next step. "By driving on (non-fossil) Bio-LNG, we can now reduce CO2 emissions even up to 100%," explains Wetenkamp. The exact savings here depend on the composition of raw materials.

The fifty Volvo FH 4x2 tractors feature the recently updated, even more fuel-efficient LNG engine and the new 225 kg fuel tank. Combined, this ensures a greater radius of action. The trucks will be used in all divisions of AB Texel, including the transport of agricultural products, flour, animal feed and dairy as well as refrigerated, distribution and special transport. The trucks will be delivered during the first half of 2024, with the first units being put into service from mid-April.

"The unique Volvo technology ensures extremely low consumption without compromising on driving comfort and performance. Using fossil LNG, this already delivers a nice CO2 reduction. With the choice of Bio-LNG, a reduction of even 100% is possible - and that with an attractive kilometer-cost price," says Jan Schouten, Manager Energy Transition at Volvo Trucks Nederland. "In the energy transition, Bio-LNG plays an important role in the mix of fuels and technologies to meet the CO2 targets. This investment by AB Texel demonstrates renewed confidence in Bio-LNG as a transition fuel."

Control over maintenance with service contract
To maintain control over the maintenance of the trucks, the Volvo Gold service contract was chosen. This repair and maintenance contract guarantees optimum availability. All preventive maintenance and truck repairs are included, including a needs-based maintenance schedule, remote diagnosis and Real Time Monitoring.

Target: net zero by 2050
Together with involved partners, AB Texel is committed to reducing CO2 emissions per ton/kilometer by at least 40% by 2030 and to reduce them to net zero by 2050. The company wants to reduce its negative impact on the environment by working safely with the lowest possible ecological footprint. Wetenkamp: "95% of our CO2 emissions come from physical transport movements. It goes without saying, therefore, that the most profit can be made by making our fleet more sustainable. We already have an electric Volvo truck in our fleet. But because of our flexible transport over long distances, it has so far been difficult to deploy electric transport on a large scale. We therefore see renewable fuels, including Bio-LNG and HVO, as a good transition fuel for the coming years. We will of course continue to experiment with new technologies and developments, with electric and, in the longer term, perhaps hydrogen as possible follow-up solutions."

Collaboration in the chain
However, the sustainability goals are not limited to reducing CO2 emissions, nitrogen and particulate matter. "As a market leader, we take responsibility. We work hard to achieve maximum safety at work and on the road. We also want to be an attractive employer for our employees and a valuable cooperation partner for our relations in the chain. In doing so, we like to discuss with chain partners how we can further improve sustainability together," Wetenkamp concludes.