Established in 1953, Howard Tenens is one of the largest independently owned and operated logistics companies in the UK, employing more than 750 staff and operating a fleet of 200 commercial vehicles, ranging from 3.5 tonne vans to 44 tonne articulated trucks.
Howard Tenens employed its first dual fuel gas-powered trucks in 2009, which were successful from an operational perspective but did not deliver the environmental benefits they were striving for.
The Low Emissions Freight Trial provided the opportunity to integrate dedicated gas trucks that were powered by biomethane into their fleet, to achieve significant carbon savings. As part of this, Howard Tenens purchased two Scania 26 tonne rigid trucks and compared the performance against an equivalent diesel vehicle of the same specification from Scania.
Prior to the vehicles arriving, Howard Tenens informed drivers of new technology and the environmental benefits, and Scania undertook driver familiarisation training to ensure drivers were comfortable with the dashboard controls. The capital cost of dedicated gas trucks was higher than for diesel, but they received part funding under the trial to offset some of this premium.