Online supermarket Ocado has opened its first natural gas refuelling station at its Hatfield Customer Fulfilment Centre.
The site will service 29 trucks powered by blended biomethane, a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), representing 20 per cent of the online retailer’s HGVs.
Ocado’s gas refuelling station has been designed and built by Gasrec, a major fuel supplier for natural gas-powered HGVs on UK roads. The businesses have agreed a 10-year support and maintenance contract, with Ocado also announcing plans to invest in natural gas technology at future sites.
The investment in natural gas is part of Ocado’s wider strategy to explore and invest alternative fuels. The retailer is also testing electric and hybrid delivery vehicles.
Graham Thomas, Fleet Services Manager at Ocado said: “By investing in gas-powered vehicles, and in our first onsite refuelling station, we’re future-proofing our fleet and our business.”
Suzanne Westlake, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Ocado said: “The exciting work we’re doing with alternative fuels plays a huge part in becoming even more carbon efficient, helping us get closer to our goal of being the UK’s most environmentally-responsible supermarket.”