The TapUp vehicle runs from Shell TapUp to the Charlois yard once a day. There, vehicles from the municipality of Rotterdam are filled up with Shell GTL Fuel. This saves the municipality many long, costly and energy-wasting trips to the petrol station. Linda van Buuren, Frans Bremer and Enrico Zwaard of City Management talk about the successful collaboration between Shell TapUp and the municipality of Rotterdam.
40 MINUTES TOWARDS THE PUMP
Rotterdam is ambitious. The municipality wants a completely emission-free fleet by 2030. City management, which manages numerous (lease) vehicles, plays an important role in this. Frans Bremer van Roteb Lease says: ‘We are constantly looking at how our fleet can be made more sustainable. Many of our vehicles are already running on GTL. That is a fuel that burns cleaner than normal diesel and therefore produces less air pollution. ‘
But with GTL, they ran into a problem in some parts of the city. Team leader City Cleaning Linda van Buuren: “The sweepers at the Charlois yard had to make a detour for a service station where GTL is available. That took at least 40 minutes per vehicle, every two days. That took a lot of extra kilometres and time.” A problem that was tackled by a collaboration with Shell TapUp.
FROM PILOT TO WELL-OILED MACHINE
Shell TapUp is the first company in the Netherlands to refuel vehicles on location, as often as the customer wants. The underlying goal: to make sustainable fuels available to everyone quickly. TapUp’s services are in line with the objectives of City Management. Manager of the Cleaning Team Charlois Enrico Zwaard: “That is why we started a pilot at our site in Charlois. Shell TapUp came to refuel our special vehicles daily with Shell GTL Fuel“
In the beginning, it took some getting used to, Linda recalls: “Especially that we no longer had to drive to the petrol station ourselves. And that we had to park our cars on-site in such a way that the Shell TapUp vehicle could easily reach them’. But it soon turned out that the collaboration mainly benefits us, so we will surely continue using this service after the pilot. In addition to the special vehicles, rigid trucks have now also been added to the Shell TapUp schedule.” Shell TapUp’s services are now running very smoothly and we are very satisfied,” notes Linda.