First came Nicolas, then Jérôme and finally Sophia. Today, the Faramia triplets have reached the age of 31 and are all active in the family transport business that bears their initials, Transports NJS Faramia.
With the motto “The environment lies at the heart of our concerns”, the family has taken the bold decision to become France’s first haulage company to deploy a Scania ethanol truck. The truck will be used for temperature-controlled deliveries in the Marseille area.
Given the company’s green philosophy, the Faramia family has high hopes for ethanol, with its 90-percent reduction of carbon emissions. Having introduced ethanol engines in the 1980s, Scania has ample experience of the fuel, and has now released its fourth-generation ethanol engine.
Faramia will have its own ED95 filling pump at their main depot in Vitrolles. The ED95 fuel will be produced from pomace – the residue from grape pressing – from local wineries. The pomace will be collected and processed by Union des distilleries de la méditerranée in Vauvert, near Montpellier.
“Another big step towards becoming fossil free”
Heavy vehicle-grade ED95 fuel was granted favourable taxation status by the French Government earlier this year. Ethanol qualifies for the highest environmental level in the French Crit’Air air quality vehicle certification scheme, which is in force in major French cities.
“We already have gas trucks and now we’re taking another big step towards becoming fossil free,” says Jérôme Faramia. “Ethanol is the most abundant alternative fuel in the world and we see a great potential.”
The truck will be used in deliveries for the French international frozen food retailer Picard, which has more than 1,000 shops in France as well as operations in six other countries. Picard is equally excited about the new venture and will be avidly following its progress.
Meanwhile, the Faramia family will closely monitor performance and cost. “If the truck performs as expected, I can easily imagine that one-quarter of our trucks can run on ethanol,” says Jérôme.