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Aldi Süd starts long-term tests with natural gas trucks

The Aldi Süd group is testing four natural gas trucks in their daily logistic operations. Over a period of five years, they want to see to what extent the climate-friendly technology can be used as an alternative to diesel fuelled vehicles.

The natural gas trucks will operate in the supply area of four ALDI SÃœD regional branches. In each case, they will help transport goods between the ALDI SÃœD logistics centers and branches in the vicinity of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. “The test will follow the guidelines of our climate protection policy, which stipulates that we consistently want to limit CO2 emissions through our operations,” explains Andreas Kremer, Head of Logistics Management at ALDI SÃœD.

The tests will take place in locations where the values for nitrogen oxide have been exceeded many times before. In order to minimize the emission of dangerous and environmentally harmful exhaust gases, it is important not only to develop innovative vehicle technology, but to also plan a sophisticated supply route. The natural gas truck on average will supply five to eight branches per day. “To reach the natural gas filling stations that are available regionally, without significant detours, is a great challenge,” says Andreas Kremer. “In Germany, only some six percent of gas stations offer natural gas – and not all of these can be used with semi-trailers.”

Various advantages
The use of natural gas trucks promises many benefits. When using natural gas, CO2 emissions can be reduced by about 16 percent compared to diesel trucks. In addition, the test vehicles cause 99 percent less particulate matter, 70 percent less nitrogen oxides and significantly less noise.

In addition to natural gas trucks, ALDI SÃœD is also testing an electric truck for goods traffic, starting this autumn. The vehicle is supplied with 100 percent TÃœV-certified green electricity from hydropower and energy from photovoltaic systems from ALDI SÃœD. The tests will take at least four years and the area where they will take place is the western Ruhr region.