A consortium led by Howard Tenens has been awarded a total of £1.26 million from the Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Trial funded by the Department for Transport and the Technology Strategy Board.
Howard Tenens partnered with John Lewis Partnership and Lenham Storage in the bid and will be supported by CMS Supa Trak and Emissions Analytics for data and emissions verification. The partners will contribute an equal amount to the programme taking the total investment to some £2.5m.
The funding will enable gas refuelling infrastructure to be installed at Swindon and a total of 34 heavy goods vehicles to be converted to dual fuel (gas/diesel). 12 of the vehicles will be operated by Howard Tenens and the remainder by partners John Lewis and Lenham Storage.
A proportion of the award will be committed to monitor and verify the performance of the vehicles. This is important because one of the criteria for the funding was that vehicles should deliver a minimum 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.
On-board emissions and monitoring equipment will be installed in some of the vehicles to record fuel consumption and emissions as well as a telematics system which will monitor the diesel and gas usage on the dual fuel vehicles. This will enable accurate reporting of vehicle mpg via the vehicle’s on-board computer for the first time.
Catherine Crouch, group CRS director, said the money would enable the company to build on its current CNG and biogas programme.
“We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our operations and this project will facilitate a substantial step forward in realising this ambition.”