Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hybrid Truck Technology to be Tested by Logistics Outfit on London Road Haulage Operations

Fuel and Emission Savings of 15 to 30% Predicted
Shipping News Feature
UK – FRANCE – As more and more companies endeavour to improve their environmental credentials another logistics group will test the advantages offered by the latest hybrid truck technology to its road haulage operations over the next few weeks. French transport tech developer Adgero has signed an agreement with Fraikin, one of the largest commercial vehicle fleet service companies in the UK, and Southampton-based Alternatech to supply the Adgero UltraBoost hybrid system to boost efficiency through fuel savings, extra power and reduced emissions for rigid lorry applications.

Fraikin are supplying an Iveco Euro VI test vehicle equipped with Adgero’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) technology to the British division of a leading international logistics company for use on its urban UK delivery routes, including Greater London. This marks the first time a rigid lorry will be transformed into a hybrid using Adgero’s regenerative braking technology. President of Adgero Mack Murray said it was important that the demonstrator trial would include delivery routes in London, considering the city’s efforts to tackle diesel vehicle emissions, saying:

“We are proud to partner with Fraikin and Alternatech to offer the first rigid lorry application of our technology to a market leader in logistics. Our solution will help demonstrate the efficiencies that companies can realise through reduced fuel consumption and greater power. Vehicle emissions are a major concern for London and Adgero is proud to be working on part of the solution. We look forward to exploring the future of our application on other routes and vehicles in the weeks and months to come.”

Alternatech, specialists in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) conversions and with a track record that includes spark ignition, diesel dual fuel and hybrid LPG/CNG/LNG vehicle conversions and methane reduction technology, will install the system and be responsible for its commercial development. UltraBoost is a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) and is predicted to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions by between 15 and 30% and has already been trialled on a 13.6 metre articulated trailer belonging to Eddie Stobart.

The system sees the unit become a generator, recovering kinetic energy from the act of braking that would otherwise be lost as heat. This energy is then stored in a bank of five high-power graphene-based ultracapacitors, exclusively supplied by Europe’s leading ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies, a company which seems to be featuring more and more in advancing logistics related technology.