Online supermarket Ocado opened its first natural gas refuelling station at its Hatfield Customer Fulfilment Centre. Ocado is the first UK retailer to self-fund the purchase of an onsite grid connected station outright. The site launched with 29 trucks powered by blended biomethane, a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Replacing existing diesel vehicles, this represents 20 per cent of the online retailer’s HGV fleet.
Environmental benefits of switching to gas include 99 per cent fewer particulate emissions and 70 per cent less nitrogen oxide than the latest diesel standard. The trucks are on average 50 per cent quieter than diesel vehicles, so are kinder to residential areas. The new vehicles will reduce the Ocado HGV fleet CO2 emissions by 29 per cent annually. Ocado’s gas refuelling station has been designed and built by Gasrec.