With help from Prins Autogas, the logistics company is the first to successfully convert a Mercedes-Benz Actros Euro 6 type vehicle to run on duel fuel, CNG and diesel. Howard Tenens approached Prins to provide a solution to converting Euro 6 tractor units to dual fuel as part of their search for an innovative technology partner. They needed a solution sooner than the predicted 2 year timescale that an OEM dual fuel solution would be available in to ensure the momentum in the industry was maintained.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros 2445, which will be delivered on November 3, will benefit from a 12.8/450 bhp Euro 6 engine, GVW 44,000kg operation, predictive powertrain control and a 93kg CNG capacity. The Mercedes-Benz will shortly be followed by a DAF CNG conversion. Howard Tenens will be carrying out various fuel trials involving both CNG and Diesel Euro 6 vehicles over the coming months.
“We are proud to be taking delivery of the first Euro 6 dual fuel conversion, not only in the UK but in Europe. The partnership between Howard Tenens and Prins supports our commitment to sustainable logistics, underpinned by an enthusiastic and forward thinking approach to engineering which surmounts challenges,” said Jamie Hartles, Commercial and Marketing Director of Howard Tenens.
In addition, Will Putter, Commercial Director Prins UK, commented: “Prins Autogas systemen B.V. exceeded our expectations in producing the engine system in under two months. This is a testament to the quality and flexibility of the Prins Dieselblend-2.1 system. Prins UK have formed a great partnership with Howard Tenens who we find to be a forward thinking and innovative logistics company. Prins UK will have 3 different makes of Euro 6 conversion systems available running natural gas by the end of Q1 2015.”
Source: Howard Tenens