The vehicles are being used to transport the company’s Gerkens cocoa powder on 3,250 journeys per year, from Cargill’s plant in Wormer, the Netherlands, to its 50,000 sq m warehouse facility operated by DSV in the port of Amsterdam.
The new vehicles mean that 2,000 fewer journeys per year are now undertaken (3,250 compared to 5,250 previously) which means a reduction of 100,000 kilometres per year travelled.
“As well as lowering CO2 emissions, and reducing fuel use by 30%, residents in the Wormer area are also pleased with the reduced number of vehicle movements, which has created a more pleasant environment,” said Karel Seinen, logistics manager, cocoa, for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate.
The Eco-Combi vehicles are longer than the vehicles they replace, 25 metres compared to 18 metres. They are also heavier, and have upgraded braking systems and adapted axles to aid steering and turning.
FoodBev Media Ltd 2015