Why duty reductions on LPG holds the key to meeting UK emission reduction targets for heavy-duty trucks.

Without urgent action, the UK Government will fail to meet its emission reduction targets for heavy-duty trucks. Despite an aggressive target of a 20% reduction by 2025, emissions from heavy-duty trucks are still rising – with no sign of that changing in the near future.

In support of these targets, Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality is petitioning government for urgent duty reductions for alterative fuels such as LPG. With widespread adoption of hydrogen and electric-powered trucks still many years away, eliminating duty on the LPG for commercial vehicles is perhaps the only government policy initiative likely to impact emissions from heavy-duty trucks in the short term.

The addvantage system, which partially substitutes LPG for diesel, and is easily retrofitted in four hours, achieves immediate reductions in CO2 emissions of 23%.

In addition to reducing emissions, zero fuel duty on LPG for commercial vehicles would generate significant additional tax. The current tax raised from duty on LPG for commercial vehicles is close to zero. Let’s assume that an average truck does 100,000 miles per annum at an average of 8mpg. At £1.57/litre for diesel and £0.53/litre for LPG, retrofitting the addvantage system delivers a net saving of £8,563/annum for each truck. This would drop straight to the bottom line, generating an additional £2,151 in corporation tax (25% as of April this year).

There are 400,000 heavy-duty trucks in the UK. If 10% of these trucks were retrofitted with the addvantage system, this would translate to £85m in additional corporation tax.

Government would want to protect duty on LPG generated by passenger cars, but this would be easy to manage. By only exempting private supplies of LPG to commercial fleet operators, forecourt sales would continue to be taxed.

We support Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality’s campaign for duty reductions on alternative fuels and call on Government to eliminate fuel duty of LPG for commercial vehicles immediately. It will generate a significant increase in taxes raised. It will improve profitability for the struggling haulage sector. And it is almost the only means to contribute to meeting the UK’s specific targets for emissions reduction from heavy trucks in the short term.

The addvantage system is proven to reduce CO2 emissions by 23%, it is available today and can be retrofitted to existing trucks in a matter of hours. Government should encourage adoption of proven technologies like this, jut as they have successfully done for electric-powered cars.

Daniel Mitchell
CEO
addvantage Global
daniel@addvantage.net
+44 (0) 7831 858624

LINAVA signs unique partnership with addvantage

LINAVA has signed an agreement to partner with addvantage in the Baltic States and Poland. Following detailed discussions and an assessment of the addvantage technology, LINAVA will promote use of the addvantage system to their members as best practice.

Commenting on the agreement, Daniel Mitchell, CEO of addvantage Global Ltd said: “We couldn’t hope for a better partner than LINAVA. They represent the 700 leading road transport operators in Lithuania. Between them they operate more than 40,000 vehicles.”

Zenonas Buivydas, Secretary General of LINAVA, explained: “As soon as we heard about the addvantage technology, we wanted to be a partner. There is simply nothing else widely available today that can deliver these cost savings and CO2 reductions.”

“With more than 700 hauliers as members, our job is to help them find the best ways to improve their operations. addvantage is much the best technology we have seen, and we expect a rapid uptake by our members.”

addvantage joins WCRAQ and campaign for alternative fuel duty reductions

We’re proud to have joined the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality and to support their campaign for reductions in fuel duty on alternative fuels.

Daniel Mitchell, our CEO, joined other industry and government leaders at the recent annual Parliamentary Reception. The Commission’s objective is to improve the quality of the air we breathe using evidence based research to shape policy and improve legislation.

One area of focus is to reduce emissions produced by heavy trucks in support of the UK Government’s target to reduce these emissions by 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030. With these emissions still rising, it is clear that new policies and legislation will be required to achieve them.

In support of these objectives, WCRAQ is campaigning for “duty reductions in less polluting fuels”. As Daniel Mitchell explains “The addvantage system, which is easily retrofitted to existing fleets, will deliver an instant reduction in CO2 emissions of 23%, exceeding the 2025 target and delivering 80% of the 2030 target.

“Removing fuel duty on LPG would increase uptake of the addvantage system in two ways. First, it would reduce the number of miles required to be travelled by 21% to break even. This would significantly increase the number of fleets that would be able to afford the emission reductions that addvantage delivers. Second, it would reduce the average operating cost of a heavy-duty vehicle by almost £3,000/annum, more than covering the entire cost of the addvantage system.”

Juozas Vaznaitis joins addvantage as European Sales Director

One of the leading figures in the European and Middle East heavy-duty truck sector, Juozas Vaznaitis has joined addvantage Global, developer of the innovative retrofit technology that delivers 13% fuel-cost savings and cuts CO2 emissions by 23% on heavy-duty trucks. With immediate effect, he becomes European Sales Director, responsible for sales of the addvantage system across Europe.

Commenting on the appointment, Daniel Mitchell said: “We’re excited to have Juozas join the team. Few people understand the commercial and sales aspects of the heavy-duty trucking sector as well as Juozas. He brings a wealth of expertise to addvantage and a network of contacts in the sector that is second to none. We expect Juozas to build on our early sales successes and develop a strong pipeline.”

Juozas Vaznaitis, the new European Sales Director at addvantage Global, explained his decision to join: “I’m thrilled to join the team at addvantage. I have seen first-hand how attractive addvantage is to European fleets. There are very few European fleet operators that aren’t desperately trying to lower costs and emissions. To be able to offer them an easy, immediate solution that delivers fuel-cost savings of 13% and cuts CO2 emissions by 23% is a truly exciting proposition.”

Notes for editors

The addvantage technology can be retrofitted to any heavy-duty truck in a matter of hours. Once fitted, it delivers proven fuel-cost savings of 13% and cuts CO2 emissions by 23%.

addvantage is already successful in the UK and Europe. Having achieved VCA approval, the addvantage system now has a pipeline of orders/LOIs in the high 10s of £millions.

For further information, contact:

Daniel Mitchell

daniel@addvantage.net

+44 (0) 7831 858624

How addvantage delivers fleet emissions targets

Heavy-duty trucks are proportionately the most polluting

Heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) account for only 2% of all road vehicles, yet they contribute 27% of all CO2 emissions. And this proportion is increasing. While greenhouse gas emissions in Europe have decreased every year during the last decade, emissions from HDVs have increased every year since 2014, except for brief reductions during lockdowns. Since 1990, emissions from HDVs have increased by 25%.

Of all HDVs, trucks are responsible for more than 85% of emissions and the share of all emissions from heavy-duty trucks has grown by 5% between 2000 and 2019.

Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 will require huge reductions in HDV emissions

Meeting the global objective of carbon neutrality by 2050, to which the EU and the UK are committed will require a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 90% from road transport overall. While the uptake of electric cars and other small vehicles is rapidly gaining pace, this is not true for heavy-duty trucks. And other forms of green technology for trucks, such as hydrogen fuel cells, are likely to be some way off.

EU targets for CO2 reductions require early and significant reductions by heavy-duty trucks in particular. Targeted reductions are required from trucks of 15% by 2025 (despite the fact that these emissions are still rising) and 30% by 2030. Few observers believe these targets are likely to be met, certainly in the short term.

The addvantage system can deliver almost all the reduction required by 2030, immediately.

The addvantage technology, easily retrofitted to any heavy-duty truck, is proven to deliver a reduction in CO2 emissions of 23%. For individual operators, in the absence of any other widely available technology, this provides a significant stepping stone towards their carbon reduction targets. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, the addvantage system also delivers fuel-cost savings of 13%.

If mandated, adoption of the addvantage technology would meet, overnight, the 2025 EU target of a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions from heavy-duty trucks. In fact, it would deliver more than 80% of the reduction required by the 2030 target reduction of 30% from heavy duty trucks.

To discuss how addvantage can deliver both cost savings of 13% and carbon reduction of 23%, call Daniel Mitchell on +44 (0) 203 7 40 50 40. Alternatively, drop him an email on daniel@addvantage.net.

Konstantin Rainkin joins addvantage as COO

Leading telematics expert Konstantin Rainkin has joined addvantage Global as Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect, responsible for addvantage operations globally.

Commenting on the appointment, Daniel Mitchell said: “We’re excited to have Konstantin join the team. His telematics expertise has already proved invaluable in developing our own dashboard monitoring system that enables us to prove the carbon emission and fuel-cost reductions that addvantage delivers in real time. As we begin to roll out the addvantage technology, his experience and contacts in the heavy-duty truck fleet sector will be critical to our success.

Konstantin Rainkin, the new Chief Operating Officer at addvantage Global, explained his decision to join: “I’m thrilled to join the team to lead the roll-out of such an innovative technology. I have worked with heavy-duty fleets for many years and the addvantage technology is the singe biggest advance in carbon and fuel-cost reductions I have seen. The fact that it can be easily retrofitted to existing trucks is truly exciting.”

Notes for editors

The addvantage technology can be retrofitted to any heavy-duty truck in a matter of hours. Once fitted, it delivers proven fuel-cost savings of 13% and cuts CO2 emissions by 23%.

addvantage is already successful in the UK and Europe. Having achieved VCA approval, the addvantage system now has a pipeline of orders/LOIs in the high 10s of £millions.

As co-founder and MD of leading custom telematics company RTL, Konstantin Rainkin has over 20 years’ experience in telemetry systems development and implementation. In addition to working with a number of SME truck fleets ranging in size from 25-250 vehicles, Konstantin has worked with companies such as Air Products, Nestle, Hoyer and BP.

For further information, contact:

Daniel Mitchell
daniel@addvantage.net
+44 (0) 7831 858624

addvantage launches in the UAE

addvantage Global, developer of the innovative retrofit technology that delivers 13%* fuel-cost savings and cuts CO2 emissions by 23% on heavy-duty trucks, is expanding operations by launching in the UAE. The new partnership, addvantage Green Tech Trading LLC, will be chaired by H.E. Rashid Hamdan Bin Khadim Al Nuaimi.

Following a unique partnership with local investors, addvantage launches today in Dubai to bring their proven fuel-cost savings and CO2 emission reductions to heavy-duty trucks in the UAE.

In announcing the new partnership addvantage CEO, Daniel Mitchell, commented “We’re excited to continue our expansion with this new partnership. We’re particularly proud that H.E. Rashid Hamdan Bin Khadim Al Nuaimi will chair the new venture”.

H.E. Rashid Hamdan Bin Khadim Al Nuaimi explained “The UAE is committed to cut our carbon emissions by 31% by 2030 and much of this reduction must come from road transport. The addvantage technology cuts CO2 emissions on existing heavy-duty trucks, the most polluting of all vehicles, by 23%. In addition, significant fuel-cost savings will improve our competitive advantage in the region, contributing to our growth economy. It’s why I am proud to chair this new venture.”

Daniel Mitchell added “With His Excellency’s support, we anticipate rapid adoption of the addvantage technology in the UAE. We look forward to playing our part in helping the UAE meet its aggressive carbon reduction targets and in contributing to further growth of the successful UAE economy”.

Notes for editors

The addvantage technology can be retrofitted to any heavy-duty truck in a matter of hours. Once fitted, it delivers proven fuel-cost savings of 13%* and cuts CO2 emissions by 23%.

addvantage is already successful in the UK and Europe. Having achieved VCA approval, the addvantage system now has a pipeline of orders/LOIs in the high 10s of £millions.

For further information, contact:

Daniel Mitchell

daniel@addvantage.net

+44 (0) 7831 858624

*Due to local fuel costs, fuel-cost savings in the UAE are approximately 10%

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 23% reduction in CO2 emissions as well as an average fuel cost saving of around 13* (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