Diesel Dynamics Offer Fuel Saving Technology
The UK’s transport industry is under a two pronged threat from competition from Europe. The lower labour costs enjoyed by haulage firms based in Eastern European countries will eventually resolve itself as the local economies develop. However, the benefit offered by the lower fuel prices enjoyed in mainland Europe is unlikely to go away any time in the foreseeable future. Every UK haulier knows of foreign truckers operating with extended range fuel tanks in the UK, who make a delivery, carry out distribution work and take a load back to Europe, only refilling their tank once back on mainland Europe.
Over the years there have been many companies offering fuel saving devices that defy the laws of science. However, Avonmouth-based Diesel Dynamics recently hosted a major launch for UK hauliers at Leigh Court, Bristol, to present a solution that could go some way to levelling the playing field somewhat.
Managing Director of Diesel Dynamics, Miles Kirke, explained that Diesel Dynamics has considerable experience in using diesel replacement technology which substitutes diesel fuel with Liquid Petroleum Gas. One of their long standing clients, Owens Haulage of South Wales, with a fleet of 400 trucks, has been trialling multifuel systems for some time and can boast a Volvo fitted with a system that has covered some 900,000km without any mechanical problems related to the conversion. Owen’s fleet manager Meirrion Davies was happy to endorse the concept, “We have been running six Volvo tractor units with multifuel technology since new and we have had no problems with the engines and there have been considerable fuel cost savings on the trial fleet.”
The market leader in multifuel technology is Yorkshire-based GSPK Multifuel Technology, a member of the GSPK group of companies. GSPK Multifuel Technology’s Managing Director David Abbott attended the event to talk to fleet owners about exactly how the GSPK Multifuel Technology system operates, substituting diesel with LPG – being careful to explain that whilst the total amount of fuel used was slightly higher than diesel alone, the price differential between diesel and LPG created an overall cost saving of anything between 12 and 15%.
Miles was at pains to ensure that hauliers understood that this was not some alchemist’s trick; it was no snake-oil solution, but rather a tried and tested application of technology that substitutes a cheaper fuel for an expensive fuel. For so long as there is a price differential between diesel and LPG in the UK the system will offer savings. Since the UK government has provided a 3 year guarantee that it will not close the gap in duty by more than an insignificant amount; it looks like the cost benefits are here to stay. Cost benefits that generate a payback period of around a year on a typical truck doing 120,000km.p.a.
BP, also in attendance, confirmed that there was a surplus of LPG on the market and that they needed to find markets for the product. The alternative would be the environmentally disastrous disposal of a natural resource, something no government could be seen to be condoning by increasing duty on LPG whilst that surplus going to waste. BP LPG UK’s Robert Ford added, “We are monitoring multifuel developments and we are prepared to “rubber stamp” those systems that are proven to work efficiently and safely. We are willing to talk to fleets about installing LPG supply tanks and contract prices for LPG supply. We can put in the infrastructure to support fleets operating multifuel systems such as GSPK Multifuel Technology’s.”
One question asked by most fleet operators attending the presentation was, “If the system works, why do vehicle manufacturers not endorse the products, or fit them themselves?” Diesel Dynamics’ Miles Kirke offered the response that the product was something specifically targeted at the UK market, the LPG/ Diesel price differential in the EU was less marked, so it would be unlikely for the manufacturers to commit to developing a technology that was useful only in a limited UK marketplace. However, every fleet operator was given a copy of an independent report of a strip down of a Scania 420 diesel engine at 152,000km that had been running on multifuel technology. The report concluded that “the engine appeared to be in excellent condition”
The inspecting engineer added that “the engine appears to be in better condition and cleaner throughout, with considerably less carbon deposits than a comparative engine of the same vintage and mileage operating on diesel fuel only.”
Alliance and Leicester were also in attendance at the event, as one of the UK’s largest fleet financiers, to offer financing advice and to explain how the firm could include the GSPK Multifuel Technology product in leasing agreements, and even arrange separate rental packages for the multifuel conversion across wider fleets.
Miles Kirke concluded that the event had been successful in attracting fleet operators with a real eye on costs and who were open to considering well presented and tested technology that could help them reduce their fuel costs. In fact, the cost savings for one high mileage user of the technology are equal to the cost of the vehicle – or in other words, he is now running a fleet of vehicles which are free!
Two Cabs fitted with LPG dual fuel systems at Leigh Court
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