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LowCVP announces winners of HGV Technology Challenge

17 Nov 2010

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced the winners of its HGV Technology Challenge – a competition to identify and promote innovative low carbon solutions for trucks.

The winning entries offer innovative solutions to improve fuel economy and cut CO2 emissions from trucks by 8% to 25%. Most of the solutions can be fitted to existing vehicles. The range of approaches allows some solutions to be applied in combination, offering even greater fuel and carbon savings.

The solutions include products to: use dual fuel (gas-diesel); improve trailer designs to increase carriage capacity and also to reduce drag; optimise driving efficiency; adopt a hybrid-hydraulic power-train and a separate hybrid systems based on high-speed flywheels.

The winning entrants were selected by an independent expert panel and will present their solutions for cutting CO2 emissions from heavy goods vehicles to a specialist group of executives from vehicle manufacturers and major fleet operators at a dedicated seminar later this year.

The winners are:
• Hardstaff Group
• SOMI Trailers Ltd
• MIRA Ltd
• Zeta Automotive
• RDS Europe Ltd
• Flybrid Systems and The Flybus Consortium (joint winners).

The LowCVP Low Carbon HGV Technology Challenge follows the LowCVP’s successful 2009 ‘Challenge’ which sought to bring forward innovative technical solutions for cutting carbon from cars and light commercial vehicles and stimulated several new business partnerships.

The LowCVP Managing Director Greg Archer said: “The LowCVP’s HGV Technology Challenge shows the high capacity of UK engineers to develop innovative and effective solutions to help us tackle climate change. The Challenge brings these great ideas to the attention of potential partners and customers providing both new market opportunities for some outstanding UK businesses and hastening the introduction of low carbon innovations in the HGV market that also reduce fuel costs.

“We are heartened by the strong support the initiative has received from both technology companies and major vehicle manufacturers and fleets, demonstrating their commitment to finding new solutions for reducing carbon emissions from trucks.”

The LowCVP’s Technology Challenge complements work by the Automotive Council to develop a roadmap on low carbon technologies for commercial vehicles and strengthen UK automotive supply chains. This year’s Technology Challenge also attracted support from CENEX** and the Freight Transport Association**.

Pauline Dawes of SOMI Trailers, one of the Challenge winners said “We’ve spent several years developing and fine-tuning our product, working with fleets and trailer manufacturers, looking at technical and operational viability.

“We’ve had independent trials carried out and know our idea has potential. However, we also recognise that end-users can be inundated with ideas. Winning the Technology Challenge will provide the opportunity for us to distinguish ourselves from the noise and, hopefully, attract new customers”.

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