Trial at West Norfolk haulage company could cut 18% off fuel bills
PUBLISHED: 15:17 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:57 22 August 2017
A family-run logistics business has completed a trial of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in one of its vehicles – resulting in an 18% reduction in fuel costs and a halving of its nitrogen oxide emissions.
And bosses at Lynn Star Haulage and Distribution say the pilot could add up to a six-figure annual saving on fuel, if it is extended to the rest of its 35-vehicle fleet.
The results are being monitored closely by the 83-strong Pallet-Track network, of which Lynn Star is a member, who will assess whether it could be rolled out elsewhere in the country.
Managing director Sherridan Dowen said: “We have been looking at this trial from a commercial and environmental point of view, and have been very excited by the findings so far. Across a range of conditions, we have recorded an average of 17.9% savings on fuel, a 13% reduction in CO2, and a staggering 49% cut in NOx.”
The results come amid growing scrutiny on the emissions from diesel engines from government, with car manufacturer Ford yesterday becoming the latest brand to launch its own scrappage scheme to encourage drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles.
Lynn Star is based at the Hardwick Industrial Estate in King’s Lynn and employs 45 people. It conducted the two-month test on a 44-tonne Leyland DAF CF 460 FTG, with an engine tractor certified to Euro6 standards.
Mr Dowen said: “On a vehicle that averages 9.5 miles to the gallon, this would result in a six-figure saving for the business across an entire fleet over the year, as well as reducing our carbon footprint, which as a family business is important when we are thinking about the next generation.
“We are still looking at the figures and trying some more trials to see what other modules we can employ – roof deflector technology, driver training and changes in tyres, for example – but I am confident we can improve the figure further to around 20% fuel savings over the next 12 months.”
The trial was welcomed by Pallet-Track managing director Nigel Parkes, who highlighted the challenges facing the industry, including £100 day charges for diesel engines in certain parts of London from next year.
“The team at Lynn Star are to be applauded for their innovation and forward-thinking,” he added.