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DSV tests abattoir biofuel

DSV Hybrid Mercedes MALMO, Sweden: March 27, 2017. DSV Sweden is testing a Mercedes-Benz hybrid truck that runs on both electricity and a new HVO 100 biofuel - made from slaughterhouse waste and hydro-treated vegetable oil, a 100 percent synthetic diesel from renewable biomass.

According to DSV, Sweden is the first country with fossil-free domestic goods traffic and the test will determine if electric hybrids are a long-term distribution solution in metropolitan areas, as HVO 100 can reduce CO2 emissions up to 90 percent.

"Our groupage freight system uses nine million liters of diesel a year, equivalent to 26,000 tonnes of carbon emissions," noted DSV Road CFO Christer Hagsund.

"Today, we have 150 vehicles running on HVO 100 or biogas in our food distribution. Developments move fast and most new vehicles are approved for HVO 100. As more and more filling stations offer this fossil-free fuel, HVO 100 will become the most accessible biofuel that ensures a rapid transition to a non-fossil vehicle fleet," he added.

DSV Business area manager Staffan Klinterhäll said the Mercedes Atego Hybrid is the company's latest investment in environmentally certified vehicles. "It will be interesting to see how it works to drive a hybrid in the urban environment and the environmental benefits it provides."

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