This technology substitutes around 70 per cent of the diesel fuel used by an HGV with clean burning natural gas. CO2 savings are effectively doubled when fossil based gas is replaced by sustainable biomethane.
“We have proved that the 20 per cent reduction in emissions is possible by running the system on our own fleet of vehicles over the last 7 years, it has been developed to the point where it can be retro-fitted to existing vehicles made by other manufacturers,” stated managing director of Hardstaff Trevor Fletcher.
The company has been chosen as a specialist dealer by Mercedes-Benz, who is supplying new vehicles to be converted to the system. Besides, OIGI® technology is under development in industrial vehicles from such manufacturers as Volvo, Iveco and DAF, firms interested in employing the system in order to cut their own carbon emissions.
In additional, Hardstaff has recently purchased a location in Wales complete with 21,000 tonne liquid natural gas storage with a view to it becoming a centre of excellence in the field of biomethane research. According to Fletcher, with OIGI® proven across a large number of diesel HGV engines they aim to bring the technology to road cars.