German supermarket chain Edeka Minden-Hannover will convert its entire fleet from diesel to LNG propulsion by 2025 with the addition of a total of 700 Iveco S-Way LNG trucks.
On its path to a sustainable supply chain, Edeka has already placed orders for the first 275 Iveco S-Way LNG trucks in 2022 and 2023, Italian truck manufacturer Iveco said in a recent statement.
These will will join the 80 LNG-powered Iveco trucks operating in Edeka’s fleet leveraging its first bio-LNG filling station on the premises of the Edeka logistics center in Lauenau, Germany, it said.
Edeka said in a separate statement it has signed a long-term deal to buy bio-LNG from compatriot Alternoil, but it did not reveal further details regrading the contract.
Alternoil has a network of REEFUEL LNG stations in Germany.
According to Edeka, Alternoil will set up further filling stations in 2023 and 2024 at its logistic centers in Germany.
By the end of 2025, Edeka plans to have a nationwide filling station infrastructure to refuel the 700 LNG trucks.
“By 2025, we want to convert our entire truck fleet – about 700 vehicles – to Iveco LNG trucks and run 100 percent on bio-LNG,” said Mark Rosenkranz, spokesman for the board of Edeka Minden-Hannover.
“Our truck fleet is the backbone of all our logistics operations and thus the backbone of food supply in our distribution area,” he said.
“The switch to bio-LNG is a key lever in reducing our CO2 footprint. In this way, we are fulfilling our social responsibility for more climate protection. This is of paramount importance because our vehicles travel a lot and often through highly congested inner cities,” Rosenkranz said.