Stepping stone to zero emissions

Daniel Mitchell, chief executive officer at addvantage Global, explains how hybrid fuel technology can help cut fleets’ carbon footprints.

Road transport operators are under growing pressure to cut vehicle emissions as they and their customers introduce science-based targets to cut greenhouse gases. This poses a huge challenge for HGV fleets – especially those that operate heavier 38-or 44-tonne trucks – because there are limited vehicle options currently available that offer sufficient emissions reduction potential.

With this in mind, these organisations should explore retrofit hybrid fuel technology as a stepping stone towards zero-emissions road transport.

Many businesses, especially in the retail sector, are looking beyond their own in-house activities to indirect emissions (Scope 3), so they will increasingly want to work with suppliers that can match their net-zero ambitions.

However, the largest diesel-powered HGVs are not expected to be phased out until 2040 and the average replacement cycle for these vehicles is around 12 years, highlighting a clear disconnect between customer demands and what is likely to be possible within the sector.

Even with a fundamental shift in electric vehicle technology it would still take the best part of a decade to have any major impact.

Duel fuel solutions have been around for some time, but historically these options have been both complicated and expensive to adopt, which has restricted uptake in a sector that is well-known for operating on slim margins.

In contrast, the latest hybrid fuel technology offers a simple and low-cost solution that typically delivers a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions as well as an average fuel cost saving of around 13 per cent (based on 100,000 miles a year).

The simple retrofit approach takes just four hours to install, minimising vehicle downtime, with non-evasive, read-only technology that receives information HGVs ECU without invalidating the warranty.

By continuously monitoring live telemetry data – speed, weight, gradient and driving conditions – it is possible to calculate the precise quantity and timing of LPG injection. As a rental-only solution, payback can be achieved in as little as seven days, with the greatest returns available for operations with fuel bunkering.

Electric vehicle technology has someway to go before it is sustainable for high-mileage HGV fleets. There are signs of progress, with the first fully-electric, 37-tonne HGVs going into service in the UK in January, but with a range of just 100 miles on a single charge, this is not a viable option for many.

The size and weight of batteries remains a significant issue, which has a massive impact on payload for longer distances. Change will certainly come, but in the meantime road transport operators will need to find an alternative, such as hybrid fuel technology, to effectively reduce their vehicle emissions.

For further information on the addvantage hybrid dual-fuel system, please call Daniel Mitchell on
+44 (0) 203 7 40 50 40. Alternatively, drop him an email on daniel@addvantage.net.

World-class manufacturer, TT Electronics, selected to manufacture addvantage

TT Electronics PLC has been selected as the manufacturing supplier for addvantage.

TTE delivers high quality solutions to many of the world’s blue chip organisations. With a reputation for delivering high quality, end-to-end solutions for the aerospace, defence, medical, industrial and transportation sectors, TTE’s team of engineers develop products for harsh environments where rugged design enables functionality in extreme conditions.

With headquarters in Woking, Surrey and global manufacturing sites in North America, Europe and Asia, TTE provide the support mechanisms expected from a large service provider, with the tailored intimate approach of a specialty group.

Incorporating the latest technologies, methodologies and equipment, TTE’s manufacturing complies with and exceeds international standards for quality accreditation. With TTE, addvantage units undergo extensive stress testing to ensure maximum reliability and dependability. Tests include:

  • Environmental Stress Screening
  • Climatic Testing
  • Vibration and Shock Testing
  • Dynamic Testing
  • Humidity and IP Testing
  • Highly Accelerated Stress Screening
  • Radio Frequency Testing

TT Electronics PLC quick facts:

  • 4,100 Employees
  • 27 Locations worldwide
  • £569m Turnover (2016)
  • 30 Years in the Auto Industry

TTE’s manufacturing sites incorporate the latest technologies, methodologies and equipment combined with continuous  improvement  and  training  of  our employees.  We develop products for harsh environments where rugged design enables products to function in extremes of conditions:

  • TS 16949: Automotive quality management system
  • ISO 14001: Environmental management systems
  • OHSAS 18001: Occupational health and safety management systems
  • Nadcap: National Aerospace and Defense contractors accreditation• IPC-A-610D: Electronic assemblies training and certification
  • J-STD-001: Training and certification program
  • SC21 Bronze Award: Supply chain excellence
  • ISO9001, 9001, 13485